Heel fissures, also known as cracked heels, are a prevalent foot issue among adults, and they can be both painful and unsightly. These fissures appear as dry, flaky skin, and are often accompanied by deep, painful cracks on the heels. Several factors contribute to the development of heel fissures. One of the primary culprits is dry skin, typically caused by environmental conditions, such as low humidity or excessive heat, which can lead to the loss of natural skin moisture. Walking barefoot, particularly on hard surfaces, can also increase the risk of developing heel fissures. Additionally, underlying health conditions, like diabetes or thyroid disorders, can affect skin health, making individuals more susceptible to these conditions. If heel fissures become severe, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to rule out underlying health issues, in addition to receiving appropriate treatment options.
Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Katie Besselman, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
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 Saint Peters, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.