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Can Wearing Certain Shoes Contribute to Cracked Heels?

Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

Cracks in the heels are considered to be tears in the epidermis. Common symptoms can include the skin on the heel becoming thick and yellowed, and in severe cases, the cracks, or fissures may begin to bleed. It may gradually develop from standing for extended periods of time during the day, or from wearing shoes that have an open back. These types of shoes can have inadequate cushioning to support the fat pad in the heel, and cracks may form that can be uncomfortable and painful. Patients who are diabetic may be prone to developing this condition, in addition to people who have thyroid disorders. Mild relief may be found when the feet are washed daily, followed by applying a good moisturizer to the affected area. If you would like additional treatment methods for cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. 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 Latham, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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