What Are Cracked Heels?
Cracked Heels Snapshot
- Commonly occurring
- Can be painful or cause discomfort
- Easily preventable
- Easily treatable with conservative treatment
Causes of Cracked Heels
Wearing footwear that exposes the heels (e.g thongs, sling or open backed sandals, or barefeet).
Deficiency of vitamins, minerals and zinc.
Continual exposure to water, as it strips the skin of its natural oils.
Anhidrosis (dry skin) as a result of diabetes or other medical condition (i.e Psoriasis, thyroid dysfunction, tinea).
Treatment for Cracked Heels
Debridement of callouses and cracks by a podiatrist.
Appropriate footwear should be worn. Avoid the prolonged use of thongs or barefoot, and wear sandals with enclosed heels where possible.
Use of pumice stone or foot file daily.
Wear stockings or socks when possible.
Adequate water intake and essential fatty acids within your diet (e.g. Omega 3 fatty acids) may assist in preventing dryness and cracking by helping to keep the skin hydrated.
Well Heeled Podiatry can remove all the hard skin and heel cracks, using safe and sterile instruments to return them to their original supple state. They will provide you with some handy tips on how to prevent it and help you keep your feet smooth and feeling great.
Do not let cracked heel cause you pain or embarrassment, see a podiatrist regularly if you are prone to this painful foot condition.
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