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. During these months, the air is is drier and has less humidity. Less humidity means that our bodies will perspire less, which in turn can cause 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, and especially on our heels.
The cracking is problematic as it can cause wounds and infection if not treated. These cracks leave open sores where infection and viruses can take hold and fester. And if you are someone with a compromised immune system or a person who has diabetes, these wounds and infections can become a very serious health risk.
What can you do to prevent cracking?
1. Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water during the winter months is essential. Your body needs this extra fluid to keep your largest organ, your skin, soft and supple.
2. Keep your skin moist with good over-the-counter moisturizers. These products should be applied directly to the dry skin. Our podiatrists at Kansas City Foot and Ankle recommend Foot Miracle Cream. Foot Miracle 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 us at Kansas City Foot and Ankle for an appointment at (816) 943-1111.