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What Do Cracked Heels Mean?

When an individual develops cracked heels, they might notice several things. First, they might see deep cracks, or fissures, on the back of the heel due to a lack of moisture. Second, although many cases are painless, severe cases of cracked heels can be accompanied by pain. Importantly, a case of cracked heels might signal other potential problems to be aware of. It is possible that heel fissures might point to some kind of vitamin deficiency. In others, heel fissures could signal that the individual has developed a related fungal infection. Still in others, some cases of cracked heels might mean that the individual is simply aging. As someone grows older as a senior citizen, they become more susceptible to certain kinds of foot conditions. If you have cracked heels, contact a podiatrist today for assistance.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Moody Mankerious, DPM from Fusion Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 offices located in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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