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Lifestyle Factors and Medical Reasons for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are caused by various lifestyle factors and medical reasons. Prolonged standing, wearing open-backed shoes, and walking barefoot on hard surfaces can contribute to the development of dry, cracked skin on the heels. Medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and eczema can also lead to cracked heels by causing dryness and reducing the skin's natural elasticity. To help prevent cracked heels, apply a thick, hydrating lotion to keep the feet moisturized. Wearing supportive, closed-back shoes can help reduce pressure on the heels. Additionally, using a pumice stone to gently exfoliate dead skin and avoiding walking barefoot on hard surfaces can be beneficial. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition, which may include prescribed medicine.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Toms River Podiatrist . Our doctors 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 Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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