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Medical Conditions May Cause Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Cracked heels are an uncomfortable foot condition that can develop for various reasons. These can include wearing shoes that do not have a back or standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Dry skin may also contribute to developing cracked heels and may come from having specific medical conditions. These can include eczema, psoriasis, or hyperkeratosis, which can happen from participating in sporting activities that consistently rub the skin. Additionally, a thyroid disorder may cause the skin to become dry, possibly leading to cracked heels, and it is not uncommon for diabetic patients to have this condition as well. Mild relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Wearing cushioned socks may help to protect the heels from rubbing against the shoes. Cracked heels can become infected so it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can prescribe medication that can begin effective treatment.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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