According to the National Foot Health Assessment and Institute of Preventive Foot Health, twenty percent of American adults ages over 21 experience frequent dryness on their feet. Additionally, it was reported that split skin is more common in women by at least fifty percent.
Symptoms of cracked heels include; red or flaky patches, peeling and cracked skin, itchy skin, and bleeding from the cracks. Cracked heels are also called “heel fissures,” and are prevalent among people with diabetes. According to The Star, cracked heels may be difficult to treat if the skin around the outer part is already thickened or callused.
Having cracked heels can be bothersome and embarrassing but it doesn’t have to be. Seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will examine your feet and provide you with the best treatments possible.
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.
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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