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Athlete’s Foot and Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a common foot ailment, but one surprising cause is the fungal infection known as athlete's foot. Although it typically presents as itchy, scaly skin on the soles and between the toes, athlete's foot can also affect the heels, leading to painful fissures. If extra moisturizing does not help this problem, cracked heels may be a result of an underlying health condition such as hypothyroidism or diabetes. Additionally,  Sjögren's syndrome, a condition that hinders moisture production, or the presence of bone spurs in the heels may indicate cracked heels. These conditions require thorough evaluation and appropriate medical management to ensure comprehensive foot health. If you have persistent cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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