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Easing the Pain of Cracked Heels

Wearing certain shoes may caused cracked heels. Flips flops are generally included in this category, and can cause the skin on the heels to become dry. This may lead to fissures forming, which can become painful and uncomfortable. It is beneficial to start treating cracked heels as quickly as possible, as this may help to prevent fissures, bleeding and infection. Effective treatment methods can begin with removing the dry skin from your heels. This can be done by using a pumice stone, followed by applying a good moisturizer on the affected area. It can help to drink plenty of fresh water daily, and walking instead of running may help to alleviate some of the pressure on the feet, which may contribute to cracked heels. If your cracked heels are severe and do not heal through home treatment, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you additional treatment options.

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 Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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