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Causes and Symptoms of Heel Fissures

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Heel fissures are cracks in the skin over your heels that can range from minor discomfort to serious health concerns. Symptoms include can mild discoloration, thickening of the skin, visible splitting of the skin, and bleeding. Without treatment, heel fissures can worsen, leading to open wounds, pain, and even deep ulcers susceptible to infections like cellulitis. Dry skin on the heels is a primary cause of fissures, worsened by conditions such as diabetes, eczema, and fungal infections. Due to damaged foot nerves and decreased moisture, diabetic patients are particularly at risk for heel fissures that progress into non-healing ulcers. To manage symptoms of heel fissures, regular moisturizing is recommended, in addition to exfoliation with alpha hydroxy acids or urea-based creams. If the heel fissures continue to worsen, seeking medical attention from a podiatrist is suggested. This foot doctor can provide specialized debridement to remove thickened skin and prescribe medication to combat infections. If dry skin on your feet is causing problems like heel fissures, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Ahmad Elsamad, DPM from The Institute of Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

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 to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Merrillville, and Munster, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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