How To Treat Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are a prevalent foot problem in adults and children. The term 'Cracked Heels' refers to the dry, thickened skin around the rim of the heel, often accompanied by yellow or brown calluses. Though not a severe issue, it can often cause a decent amount of pain if left unattended. The cracks can become more profound and, at some point, may become infected. Therefore, if afflicted, it is essential to review the causes and treatment of this problem.
Common causes of cracked heels include:
Dry, cold weather
Standing for long periods
Taking long, hot baths or showers
Using harsh, drying soaps on your feet
Wearing open-heeled footwear such as sandals
Medical causes of cracked heels include:
Heel spurs, bone protrusions on the bottom of your heel
Hypothyroidism - a condition in which your thyroid doesn't make enough of certain hormones
Home treatment for cracked heels
In most cases, cracked heels can be treated at home by following these steps:
Soak your feet in warm soapy water for 20 to 25 minutes
Use a loofah, foot scrubber, or pumice stone to remove dead skin
Dry your feet thoroughly
Apply a thick moisturizer or heel balm to your dry feet
Put on a pair of thick socks to keep the moisture in
Afterward, begin a new healthy habit of moisturizing your feet twice daily. Look for moisturizers that contain ingredients that assist in dissolving dead skin and retaining moisture, like glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, and shea butter.
When should you see a podiatrist for cracked heels?
If you do not see improvement after a week of treatment or if your heels are severely cracked, you should talk to your podiatrist.
If you need assistance with any foot conditions, Affiliated Foot and Ankle Specialists are here to help! Contact us to schedule an appointment or call us at (973) 365-2208.