Are You Suffering From Cracked Heels?
As the heel is the first part of your foot to touch the ground during walking it is often the first place we build up calluses. Summer time and open shoes can exacerbate the problem. Cracked heels can be extremely painful when they become very deep, open up and sometimes bleed. Cracked heels can however be effectively treated by a podiatrist.
Symptoms associated with cracked heels may include:
- Itchy, flaky skin
- Pain, possibly severe
- Inflamed skin
In more severe cases, complications can include:
- The loss of feeling in your heel
- Diabetic foot ulcer
There are a multitude of potential causes of cracked heels. It’s important to identify these causes early and adjust your habits accordingly to reduce the risk of it becoming more severe. Causes may include:
- Lack of moisture
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Built up pressure
- Ageing skin
- Constantly exposed bare feet
- Poor hygiene
- Wearing poorly-fitted shoes
Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment for cracked heels may vary. It is recommended that in any case, that you see a podiatrist to establish the best way to treat and eliminate this problem. To ensure that the treatment prescribed is effective, it’s also important to wear the appropriate footwear with as little foot exposure as possible, when possible. Along with a healthy diet and adequate water intake, your cracked heels will be fixed in no time.
There are multiple ways to prevent your heels from cracking. Things to remember include:
- Avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Avoid standing in one position for too long
- Moisturising your heels daily, particularly at night before you go to bed. To lock in the moisture, try covering your freshly moisturised feet with a pair socks.
- Drinking plenty of fluids
In many cases, cracked heels can be easily treated by a podiatrist. However, it is important to take precautions and look after your feet to prevent severe cracked heels from developing. Wearing the appropriate shoes and moisturising daily can help to prevent newly cracked heels.