How To Heal Cracked Heels
People who stand or walk on hard surfaces for long periods of time for work or exercise build up a lot of excess pressure on their feet that can cause layers of dry skin to accumulate. This happens mostly on the ball and heel areas of the feet. If you are also carrying extra weight, this can increase the effects.
Skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema may contribute to developing cracked and dry skin. Not being properly hydrated is also a risk factor. Severely-cracked heels can worsen and present painful, bleeding heel fissures that require treatment by your foot care professional.
Some methods for healing cracked heels include the following:
● Reduce the thickness of cracked skin—Dead, cracked skin can be more easily removed with a file or pumice stone after showering or soaking when the skin is softer. Severely-cracked heels should be trimmed by your foot doctor to decrease complications.
● Keep properly hydrated inside and out—Moisturize your cracked heels two or three times per day. You can apply a thick layer of healing cream at night and cover your feet with socks. Drink plenty of healthy fluids throughout the day to help keep your skin from drying out.
● Wear comfortable shoes and orthotic inserts—Socks made of cotton or linen will help your feet to breathe. Wearing supportive and comfortable shoes with a wide toe box and deeper heel cup can also be very helpful. Custom orthotic inserts and insulating heel pads can correct imbalances and provide extra cushioning.
If you are experiencing painful cracked heels, see your foot doctor to ensure proper treatment and recovery. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.