Monday, 11 September 2017

How to Fix Cracked Heels

Cracked heels can affect anyone and are a common foot ailment. Thankfully, the condition typically isn’t serious in most cases and can be taken care of. Moisturizers are a good way to revitalize skin and prevent further skin from drying. Applying moisturizer twice a day—once in the morning and once at night—should be sufficient. Soaking your feet can also help moisturize the skin and is very relaxing. Be sure to properly dry the feet when finished, and apply moisturizer. It is not recommended to remove skin from the area by yourself because this can damage the new skin layer or potentially create a wound. If you have cracked heels that bother you and won’t go away, see your podiatrist for treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. 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 one of our office located in Edinburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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