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Why Do I Have Cracked Heels?

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Cracked heels is a foot condition that is more common than many people think. It can happen for various reasons, such as wearing shoes that do not fit correctly and drinking inadequate amounts of water daily. Walking barefoot, in addition to frequently wearing flip-flops or other open-back shoes, may also lead to developing cracked heels. Existing medical conditions, consisting of diabetes, psoriasis, or athlete’s foot, may lead to getting this condition. Obesity may be a reason cracked heels can develop, which can be a result of added weight the body must bear. This is also true of pregnancy, causing cracked heels and swollen feet to happen. Research has shown there may be nutritional deficiencies that can cause this uncomfortable condition, including calcium, iron, and vitamin E. Mild relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer. If you would like additional relief options for cracked heels, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

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 doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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