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Why Do I Have Cracked Heels?

Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

The condition that is referred to as cracked heels can be uncomfortable. In severe cases, where the cracks in the skin are deep, bleeding may occur. These are known as fissures and may become infected if not promptly treated. There are several reasons for this condition to develop that include being obese, standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces, and wearing shoes that have an open back. Mild relief may be felt when the affected heel is washed and dried thoroughly, followed by using a good moisturizer. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

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. Jim Maxka from South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 our office located in Hanover, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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