Cracked heels treatment in Dallas, Plano & Prosper, is a foot problem whereby your heel gets cracked. It is a common foot problem that affects both adults and younger people.
Causes of Cracked heel
When there are areas of dry, thickened skin around the rim of your heel, the fat pad under your heel expands and causes the dry, thickened skin to crack.
Medical conditions that may lead to dry and thickened skin include:
- Poor blood circulation
- Vitamin deficiency
- Fungal infection
- Atopic dermatitis
- Juvenile plantar dermatosis
- Palmoplantar keratoderma
Risk factors of Cracked heel
There are certain factors that increase your risk of a cracked heel. These include:
- Standing for a long period of time
- Walking barefoot
- Walking with open-back sandals
- Taking frequent hot showers
- Using harsh soaps that remove natural oils from your skin
- Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly
- Wearing shoes that don’t support your heels
- Dry skin
Symptoms of Cracked heel
Symptoms associated with cracked heel include:
- Dry and flaky heel skin
- Red skin coloration
- Inflamed skin
- Loss of sensation
How to treat cracked heels permanently
There are different treatment options for cracked heel depending on the severity. A combination of different treatments can also be used to achieve better results. Y
Treatment options include:
Heel balms or moisturizers
Using heel balms or moisturizers helps to moisturize, soften, and exfoliate the dead skin. Apply heel balm or moisturizers morning and before going to bed.
Prescription balm or steroid cream
Your doctor may prescribe balm or steroid cream to help reduce pain, itching, and swelling.
Soak and exfoliate your feet
Dry heel skin causes cracked heel. Soaking and exfoliating your feet can help soften your heel. Place your feet into a bucket with lukewarm, soapy water for up to 20 minutes. After soaking your feet, use a foot scrubber or pumice stone to remove the hard, thick skin. Gently clean off the water from your feet and apply a heel balm or moisturizer. You can also apply petroleum jelly.
Put on socks and shoes
Always put on socks to cover your heel to make it soft. Wear shoes that cover up your legs to prevent harsh weather and substances from harming your feet and heel.
Apply liquid bandage to the cracks to seal up the cracks. This helps to prevent further cracking and infection. You can spray the liquid bandage on your heel before wearing socks and shoes. Your heel should be clean and dry before spraying the liquid bandage on it.
There are certain natural products that can be used for a cracked heel. These include:
Honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and can be used for the treatment of cracked heel. Honey can be used to heal and cleanse wounds. It can also be used to moisturize the skin. After soaking your foot, you can apply honey on your heel to moisturize and soften your heel.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer to soften the heel. You can also apply coconut oil after soaking and your foot.
There are other natural products that you can use to moisturizer and soften your heel. These include olive or vegetable oil, Shea butter, and paraffin wax.
Preventing cracked heel
It is quite easy to prevent cracked heel. Most people with cracked heels are people that don’t take good care of their feet. They don’t have good foot hygiene.
Some of the ways you can prevent cracked heel include:
Keeping your foot moisturized
Always keep your foot moisturized to keep your heel soft. Apply moisturizers every morning and before going to bed at night.
Wear good footwear
Always wear shoes that fit properly on your feet. Avoid wearing slippers or sandals or limit how much you wear sandals. Wear shoes with good arch and wide heel supports to cushion your heel. Avoid shoes with high, skinny heels.
Always wear socks
Socks help to cover up your foot. It helps to keep your foot warm and soft. It prevents your foot from getting dry and hard. Always wear socks, especially before wearing shoes.
Avoid standing for too long
Standing for too long can cause the weight of your body to exert on your heel. This can lead to a cracked heel. Avoid standing for a long period of time.
Avoid walking barefoot
Walking barefoot can cause your heel to get dry, thick, and hard. Avoid walking barefoot.
Inspect your feet daily
Inspect your feet daily for any signs of cracked skin. This is important especially if you have diabetes.
Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated helps to keep the skin naturally moisturized. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin always moisturized.
Practice good hygiene
Practice good hygiene at all times. Take good care of your feet to keep it soft and healthy.
Best podiatrist to consult/treat cracked heel in Dallas and Plano
Dr. Jeremiah Graff is a board-certified podiatric surgeon that specializes in the treatment and management of foot and ankle conditions including the cracked heel. He has all the required knowledge, skill, and experience in the treatment of cracked heel.
Dr. Graff has a vast knowledge of foot and ankle treatments. He provides the safest and best treatment for patients with cracked heels. He conducts an accurate diagnosis and provides the best treatment for your condition.
He provides the best treatment option and also suggests preventive measures to avoid future occurrence of the cracked heel. He provides treatment in accordance with the highest professional standard.
Dr. Graff is the best podiatrist in Dallas and Plano that you should consult for a cracked heel. He has all the knowledge and skill required to effectively treat cracked heel.
You can book an appointment online with Dr. Graff by visiting his official website at drgraff.com.