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Gentle Steps to Prevent and Repair Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

Cracked heels can be both painful and unsightly, but with some simple care and attention, you can prevent and heal them. The key to healthy heels lies in consistent and gentle care. This can begin by moisturizing your feet daily, especially after a warm shower or bath. Opt for a thick, hydrating foot cream or petroleum jelly which can help to lock in moisture. Exfoliating regularly by using a pumice stone or foot scrub can help to remove dead skin, but make sure to be gentle to avoid further irritation. Wearing well-fitting shoes with proper arch support is essential. Avoid walking barefoot or wearing non-supportive footwear. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet and staying hydrated can help to nourish your skin from within. By following these gentle steps, you can keep your heels soft, smooth, and free from painful cracks. For severe cases of cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for professional guidance. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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