Split skin or cracked heels is more recurrent amongst ladies; the condition is 50% more common in women than in males, according to the 2012 National Foot Health Assessment lead by the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. 20% of US adults ages 21 and over experience frequent dryness on their feet.
Symptoms of cracked heels include red or flaky patches, peeling and cracked skin, itchy skin, and bleeding from the cracks. Cracked heels are also called “heel fissures,” and are fairly common and prevalent among people afflicted with diabetes. According to The Star, cracked heels can be difficult to treat if the skin around the outer part is already thickened or callused.
Cracked heels are unappealing and can tear stockings, and even socks Seeking the help of a podiatrist can help you mitigate these issues like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will examine your feet and provide you with the best treatments possible.
The Truth about Cracked Heels
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 in 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.
Pumice Stones– these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.
Change in Diet
Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements will also help with skin tissue.
Most importantly a podiatrist can help you with any questions or information needed.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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