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Cracked Heels Can Be Unsightly and Painful

Cracked heels occur when the skin on the heels becomes dry and thickens, leading to fissures. The cracks can be caused by prolonged standing, wearing open-back shoes, and skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Cracked heels often appear as dry, rough patches with visible splits, which can feel painful and tender, especially when pressure is applied. Beyond their unsightly appearance, cracked heels can lead to serious complications. The deep fissures can become infected, causing swelling, redness, and bleeding. If left untreated, this can result in cellulitis, a painful bacterial skin infection. For individuals with diabetes or compromised immune systems, the risks are even greater because infections can spread easily and become severe. To prevent and treat cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide effective treatment solutions, and prevent further complications.

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 Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. 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 office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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