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 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.
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.
Custom orthotics provide numerous advantages for athletes, which can profoundly impact their performance and physical well-being. These specialized insoles are tailored to the individual's unique foot structure and biomechanics, offering a precise fit that cannot be achieved with off-the-shelf alternatives. One of the primary benefits of custom orthotics is foot and ankle pain reduction. They distribute weight evenly, align bones and muscles, and alleviate stress on sensitive or injured areas. Moreover, custom orthotics promote enhanced athletic performance by ensuring proper foot alignment, preventing muscle overcompensation, and absorbing shock during physical activities. This not only aids endurance but also supports the knees, hips, and back. Furthermore, these personalized inserts significantly lower the risk of sports-related injuries by addressing specific biomechanical issues and providing tailored support. If you are an athlete seeking to improve your comfort and performance, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether custom orthotics can help you.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.
If you have any questions please 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 and ankle needs.
The toes are often overlooked in adulthood, but they play a vital role in our balance and mobility. Each toe, except the big toe, is comprised of three bones each and supports roughly 75% of our body weight during walking, balance, and movement. Proper toe function involves spreading them wide for stability and providing a boost as the foot lifts off the ground, aiding stride length and speed. Toes also serve as information conduits, relaying shifts in body weight to the brain for adjustments. When toes are injured or stiff, it can impact your gait and lead to imbalances in other muscles and joints, potentially causing issues like knee, hip, or lower back pain. Ill-fitting shoes and tight socks can lead to cramped toes, resulting in painful bunions and an increased risk of fungal infections. Treatment for toe pain varies, with anti-inflammatories or pain relief for conditions like gout or arthritis. Mechanical issues in the foot can also cause toe pain, affecting muscles, tendons, and ligaments. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to assess your feet and gait to identify the underlying cause and prevent it from affecting other body parts
Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Causes Toe Pain?
Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.
Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
When to See a Podiatrist
In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
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 tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.