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Cracked heels, medically known as heel fissures, are more than just a cosmetic issue, they can be quite serious. These splits in the skin surrounding the heel can become deep and cause pain, especially while standing or walking. For some individuals, the cracks are superficial, but for others, they can lead to bleeding and infections, particularly in those with compromised immune systems. In addition, people who have conditions such as diabetes can impair healing, possibly increasing the risk of foot complications. The skin around the heels is often subjected to pressure and weight-bearing, and if it is not supple due to dryness or thickened due to calluses, it is prone to cracking. Factors contributing to this can include walking barefoot or wearing open-backed shoes, prolonged standing, obesity, and certain skin conditions. In severe cases, dead skin may need to be removed by a podiatrist and medication prescribed. If you have cracked heels that are not healing or are worsening, it is suggested that you make an appointment with this type of medical professional for prompt treatment.
If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.
Ways to Help Heal Them
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If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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