According to a National Foot Health Assessment conducted for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, 20% of US adults ages 21 and over have experienced cracked skin on their feet. The assessment also concluded that cracked skin is more severe among women, reporting the condition at 50% higher than males.
Symptoms of cracked heels include red or flaky patches, peeling and cracked skin, itchy skin, and bleeding from the cracks. Cracked heels are also called “heel fissures,” and are fairly common and prevalent among people afflicted with diabetes. According to The Star, cracked heels can be difficult to treat if the skin around the outer part is already thickened or callused.
Having cracked heels can cause great stress and rigid appearance of your feet. Seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Kevin Sunshein of Sunshein Podiatry Associates who will examine your feet and provide you with the best treatments possible.
The Truth about Cracked Heels
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.
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.
Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed.
Change in Diet
Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements will help with skin tissue.
Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one our offices in Centerville, Dayton, and South Dayton, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment services for all your podiatric needs.