What Can be Done to Heal Cracked Heels?
Dr. Kevin F. Sunshein recommends the following simple remedies for cracked heels:
Socks keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable. They also do a great job of wicking excess moisture away from your skin. Moisture control is important when it comes to preventing cracked heels. In addition, socks create a protective barrier between your heels and shoes, reducing friction and preventing further irritation.
Applying moisturizers to your dry heels in the mornings and evenings can work wonders when it comes to promoting healing. Castor oil and petroleum jelly are heavy and creamy, making them ideal for cracked heels.
When you do moisturize your heels, don’t forget to make sure that your skin is both clean and dry—otherwise, the water on your skin can dilute the ingredients and make it difficult for the moisturizer to penetrate your skin.
We kindly remind you that we keep our in-store shop stocked with moisturizers that Dr. Sunshein considers ideal for dry heels. You can visit our in-store shop and peruse our selection during our regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Our inventory list is also available for viewing on our website. If you have any questions about moisturizers for your dry skin and cracked heels, we’d be happy to help!
The purpose of pumice stones is to remove dead skin cells across the surface of your heels. A type of natural volcanic rock, pumice stones exfoliate your cracked heels and soften the skin.
Pumice stones make it possible for your moisturizer to quickly penetrate the skin and properly hydrate those hurting heels. Keep in mind that when you use a pumice stone, you’ll want to rub the area gently and avoid over-exfoliating.
Wear Proper Shoes
Some footwear choices—sandals, for example—are not recommended if you have cracked heels. Instead, shop for supportive sneakers that will provide the cushioning your heels need. Ample cushioning can also help prevent cracks from deepening.
Contact Our Office for Professional Help
Dr. Sunshein is well-versed in all kinds of foot and ankle conditions, including cracked heels. If your dry heels are not responding to the above remedies, please schedule an appointment so Dr. Sunshein can carefully evaluate your cracked heels and create a treatment plan designed to alleviate your discomfort and help your heels heal.
Get Relief from Cracked Heels and Other Skin Conditions Today!
Sunshein Podiatry Associates is committed to providing superior foot and ankle care to you and your family. Our office is conveniently located at 6474 Centerville Business Parkway in Centerville, Ohio.
Whether you have cracked heels, an acute foot or ankle injury, or have developed a chronic foot or ankle condition, Dr. Sunshein can give you the answers you seek and the appropriate treatment you need.
We are pleased to welcome both new and returning patients to our podiatry practice. Whether you’re visiting us for the first time or returning for ongoing care, Dr. Sunshein strives to provide personalized and compassionate care that will meet your unique needs and promote the overall health of your feet.