Don’t Let Dry, Cracking Heels Keep You Off Your Feet!

40+60 Feet, Euw.40+60 Feet, Euw. (Photo credit: bark)

Dry, cracking heels are very common, especially in wintertime. Colder temperatures are one of the main reasons for their occurrence, but other factors may contribute to the condition including age, diabetes, excess weight, or vitamin deficiency.
  •  As you get older, your skin loses its ability to stretch.  As a result, cracks are more likely to appear on your foot, especially if your skin is not well hydrated or moisturized.
  • If you have diabetes, your body may not be producing enough of the oils that make your skin smooth and supple; this leads to extreme dryness of the foot.
  • Extra pressure is put on your feet if you carry around excess weight – the more pressure put on your foot, the more chance you have of developing cracked feet.
  • Finally, without enough of the proper vitamins your body needs, skin breakdown can occur, and your feet become prone to cracks and fissures.
Symptoms of cracked heels can start off small, but if not treated or if left unchecked, they can lead to bigger problems. If you have dry and cracked heels, you’ll notice calluses on your heels that may cause pain when bearing weight. If your heels remain untreated, cracks will form. Patients with diabetes need to be especially careful, because any loss of feeling in the foot can allow these symptoms to progress if you’re not inspecting your feet daily.
Minor cases of cracked heel problems can easily be treated and prevented. Wearing supportive shoes or custom orthotics may help prevent your feet from developing cracked heels by providing appropriate support and distributing your weight more evenly across the bottoms of your feet. Also, daily use of a good moisturizing cream or lotion is one of the best ways to prevent dry, cracking heels.
Payclose attention to your feet, and you can prevent dry, cracking heels from keeping you off your feet!
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