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Prolonged Standing and Cracked Heels

Cracked heels can occur when the skin on the back of the heels becomes excessively dry, due to a lack of moisture. These cracks may deepen and collect debris, which are known as fissures. Many different things can contribute to the development of cracked heels. Standing for prolonged periods of time, for example, can lead to the onset of cracked heels. Particularly, if an individual is standing on hard surfaces, such as concrete or uneven terrain, this may also be a reason this ailment may develop. If you are someone who must stand for hours at a time, then wearing supportive footwear that is padded may improve your situation. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today if you are concerned about getting cracked heels from standing. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM from Podiatry Health Services . 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 Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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