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Cracked Heels and Old Age

Cracked heels are certainly not the most serious or dangerous condition that can affect your feet, but they can still be nonetheless annoying and uncomfortable. It is important to note that as individuals age they can be more and more susceptible to developing cracked heels. Many things can explain this phenomenon. For one thing, the elasticity that is in the skin can significantly decline as an individual gets older. This can be a contributing factor to cracked heels. The extent to which an older individual can produce moisture in the feet is also significantly lower than almost any given younger person. This is another major potential contributing factor to cracked heels. If you are someone that struggles with cracked heels, be sure to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today who can help you manage your condition and address the problem.


 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Anas Khoury, DPM from North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels 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.

Promote Healing

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.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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