About 20 percent of American adults have had the foot problem called cracked heels or heel fissures. Known medically known as xerosis, cracked heels can occur on one of both of the heels. While it's only a cosmetic embarrassment for many people, for others, it's a painful and unhealthy condition. If you think you may suffer from cracked heels, here are some of the causes and treatments.
Several factors can cause dry, cracked heels:
Shoe Wear and Insoles
Wearing the correct shoes and insoles is critical. You should not walk barefoot as this can strip your skin of its natural oil. What's more, don't wear open shoes or sandals. Your podiatrist will probably recommend shoes that can take the pressure off your heels, so they can heal.
Insoles help change how you walk, which helps prevent thick skin from forming. The best insoles are custom-made ones that are designed to redistribute pressure on heel abnormalities. Heel cups, which are inserted in shoes, are also effective in stopping the heel fat pad from extending sideways.
Considerations and Warnings
Often people have cracked heels, but misdiagnose themselves, thinking they have another foot problem. If you have any type of foot pain, don't hesitate to see a podiatrist like Northside Foot & Ankle.Share
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