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Gabriel Lazar, DPM

Foot and Ankle Specialist

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Severely Cracked Heels Are Known as Fissures

Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Severely cracked heels are called fissures. Dry skin causes cracked heels, and fissures can bleed and become infected. There are many reasons to have dry skin on the heels. These can include wearing shoes that are backless, or from medical conditions such as a thyroid disorder or diabetes. The skin on the heels can crack as the aging process occurs, or from damaged nerves that are unable to sweat. Fissures can be painful, and medical treatment is often sought that may help to stop any infection. Many people enjoy soaking their feet in warm water for several minutes, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. This process can be completed by wearing clean cotton socks, which can protect the heel. If you have heel fissures, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe medicated cream that can effectively treat cracked heels and fissures.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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