The foot condition that is known as cracked heels can interfere with children’s daily activities. This ailment may be caused by several factors, including an athlete’s foot infection, cold temperature, or possible skin allergies. Athlete's foot may occur as a result of sharing shoes, socks, or towels, and from wearing shoes that are made of synthetic materials. Fissures may gradually develop on the heels of the foot and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Antibacterial soaps may initiate a skin irritation and may cause the heels to become dry. Drinking plenty of fresh water on a daily basis may be a successful preventive measure, in addition to eating foods that are rich in vitamin A. If you would like more information about the causes of cracked heels and how to prevent them, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.
Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.