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Health Implications of Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Cracked heels are not merely a cosmetic concern, their impact can extend beyond the surface, and may affect overall foot health and well-being. These painful fissures in the skin create an entry point for bacteria, increasing the risk of infections. As the cracks deepen, they can lead to bleeding and expose sensitive tissues, causing discomfort and hindering mobility. In severe cases, untreated cracked heels may contribute to balance issues, potentially increasing the risk of falls, particularly in older individuals. The pain associated with cracked heels can alter gait patterns, placing undue stress on other joints, such as the knees and hips. Moreover, the constant pressure on the feet can lead to chronic inflammation, exacerbating conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Addressing cracked heels involves more than cosmetic care, it is a vital aspect of maintaining overall foot health and preventing potential complications that can impact one's daily life and mobility. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer prescribed medication as an effective treatment method.

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 one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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