Reasons for Dry and Cracked Heels and what you can do about it.
Many people suffer from dry and cracked feet during the fall and winter months. This is when the air is drier with less humidity. Less humidity means our bodies perspire less causing our skin to dry out. Overly dry skin can lead to cracking and peeling. The cracking shows up most frequently on places like the bottom of our feet especially on our heels.
The cracking can cause wounds and infection if not treated. If you are someone with a compromised immune system or a person who has diabetes wounds and infections can become a serious health risk.
What can you do to prevent cracking?
1. Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water during the winter months is essential.
2. Keep your skin moist with good over-the-counter products applied directly to the dry skin. Dr. Mark Green, Dr. Stephanie Jameson, Dr. Ross Bartley, Dr. Dan Hanon, podiatrists at Kansas City Foot and Ankle, recommend Gormel cream. Gormel cream can be purchased at Kansas City Foot and Ankle and you don’t need an appointment to stop by and pick it up.
3. See your podiatrist on a regular basis for skin checks. This is really important if you are a person with diabetes. A podiatrist can do a thorough check of your feet and make sure your heel cracks aren’t turning into a problematic infection.
If you struggle with cracked heels during the fall and winter, call your Kansas City podiatrist for an appointment at (816) 943-1111.