An individual would see a podiatrist for cracked heels because they are specialists in foot and ankle care, and cracked heels can be more than just a cosmetic issue. While minor heel fissures may be seen as a nuisance, severe cracks can be painful, bleed, or become infected. A podiatrist can identify the underlying causes of cracked heels, which may include biomechanical issues, skin conditions, systemic diseases, or prolonged pressure. This foot doctor can provide professional treatments such as debridement, where the hard, dead skin is removed safely, and prescribe specialized moisturizers or medicated creams. Additionally, they can offer guidance on footwear choices, recommend orthotic inserts to redistribute pressure, and offer advice on preventive measures. If you have persistent or severe cracked heels, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure they are cared for and to avoid complications.
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 Best Foot Forward. 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 our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Edwardsville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.