When the skin on the feet becomes very dry, cracked heels can occur. A tiny crack can cause a great deal of pain, as well as being embarrassing and unpleasant to deal with, but they are easily prevented and treated.
Heel cracks, also known as heel fissures, are very common. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Low humidity. Heel cracks are most prevalent in winter, when the air is dry.
Long periods of time standing at work or at home, especially on hard wooden or tiled floors.
Spending excessive amounts of time barefoot or in open shoes while indoors.
Poorly fitted shoes that don’t offer good support to the heel.
Excess weight, which can cause the heel to expand and the skin to split.
Circulation issues, including diabetes.
Preventing heel cracks is often easier than healing them. Here are some suggestions from Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM:
Moisturize your heels twice daily. Use an exfoliating lotion weekly.
Use a pumice stone to reduce and remove the buildup of calluses. You can get one at any drug store.
Keep yourself well hydrated inside and out. Drink plenty of water and other non-caffeinated beverages.
Eat a balanced, healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
If the skin on your feet gets very dry and a small crack develops, try this solution recommended by Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova: After taking a bath or shower, or soaking your feet in a tub of warm water, dry your feet well, apply a thin layer of heavy cream or petroleum jelly and wear pair of cotton socks overnight.
Are heel cracks or other foot health issues causing you concern? Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova and the staff at Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care are here to help! Call us at 443-872-7052 or click here to make a convenient appointment today. Our Pikesville office is equipped with state of the art equipment and our doctors have years of training and experience. They can remove calluses, heal those cracks, and get your feet feeling better right away.