Cracked Heels avoidable with Clean and Moisturized Feet
According to Kaniza Garari, itchy, cracked, and scaly feet are a sign for a possible fungal infection formation. The dark and humid conditions present within shoes provide a suitable environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. Eczema, diabetes, kidney disease, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, lymphoma, and thyroid problems can also cause cracked heels.
The use of a nightly heel balm can help ease cracked heels and keep the feet properly moisturized. Ensuring that feet are kept clean and that socks are changed daily can both keep fungal infections from forming and help avoid infection.
Cracked heels can be easily prevented if feet are kept clean and moisturized. Speak to Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center for more information about cracked heels prevention. Dr. Cohen can answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with quality treatment.
The Truth about Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they 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.
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 so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
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.
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