Heel fissures, also known as cracked heels, are the result of splitting and cracking on the skin of the heel. As the skin on the heel dries out, it loses its strength and elasticity, and it gets hard, dry, and flaky. Cracked heels can have a variety of causes that include standing for long periods of time, wearing shoes that don’t fit correctly, cold/dry weather, or obesity. If you are struggling with dry and cracked heels, applying moisturizer to the heels is the first key step in dealing with the situation. It is also important to use a pumice stone and/or liquid bandage on the affected area as well as avoiding harsh soaps and long harsh showers. In severe cases, cracked heels may require the help of a podiatrist who can help remove dead skin, prescribe stronger medicine, prescribe antibiotics, and suggest shoe inserts or heel pads. Therefore, if you are struggling with cracked heels don’t hesitate to visit a podiatrist for treatment recommendations.
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 New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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 Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.