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Pretty Feet for Summer

Dry, cracked heels can be an uncomfortable and unsightly problem, particularly in sandal and open-heel season. This condition occurs when the skin on the heels becomes excessively dry, often due to factors like prolonged standing, wearing open-backed shoes, or insufficient moisture. More severe causes can include medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid problems. Dry, cracked heels feel rough, and the skin may become thickened or develop painful fissures. To treat and prevent this issue, start by moisturizing your feet daily with a rich, emollient cream, focusing on the heel area. Exfoliate regularly with a pumice stone to remove dead skin. Soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salts can also help soften the skin. Wearing supportive, closed-back shoes and using heel balms can prevent cracks from worsening. If you have a persistent case of cracked heels, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for treatment and tips on how to keep your feet looking their best.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

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.

Promote Healing

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 office located in Hoover, Oneonta, and Munford, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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