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Tiny Cracks Can Become a Painful Problem

Your skin is designed to protect you, but certain environments and habits can affect the health of your skin. Dry skin is one condition that commonly affects feet and is caused by a lack of moisture in the air. This can happen during the winter when the air is dry and cold. It can also occur during the summer, as air conditioners tend to grab moisture out of the air.  Being barefoot on a regular basis or wearing open backed sandals and flip-flops can leave a patch of dry skin on the edge of your heels, putting you at risk for heel fissures.

You may not pay much attention to the skin on your feet. It may simply look a bit dry and flaky, but without proper care, a small area of dry skin on your heels could turn into a painful problem. Fissures are tiny cracks that can develop in the callused area. These small cracks can split open and not only cause pain while walking but also become infected. Know the causes of cracked skin and what to do about it, so you can stay pain free and avoid serious injury.

What Causes Cracks in Your Heels

There are several conditions and situations that can lead to cracked heels and it can happen to anyone. First, living in a dry climate may put you at a higher risk. A lack of moisture in the air tends to leave skin dry as well. If you find that your feet tend to be dry all of the time, you may have inactive sweat glands on your soles. Another risk factor for heel fissures is obesity. Carrying extra weight puts pressure onto your feet, making it more vulnerable to cracking. Your heels can also become dry and flaky by going barefoot and wearing shoes that expose your skin. If you are a runner, the constant pounding of your feet on the ground can leave heels dry, callused and prone to cracking.

How to Treat Dry Heels

Start with staying hydrated. Drinking adequate amounts of water moisturizes your body inside and out and is great for your skin. A humidifier in the home can help with replacing moisture if your skin is consistently dry. Stay on top of your foot care to prevent fissures from developing. Smooth away rough skin with a pumice stone while in the shower or bath, and then moisturize feet afterwards. Many find it helpful to do this at night and to put socks on right after moisturizing to lock moisture in while sleeping. Be careful about walking around barefoot, too. If you like to wear sandals, opt to alternate them with a comfortable, closed pair of shoes throughout the week.

If you are developing any cracks in your heels, take action quickly. This is especially important if you have an underlying condition such as diabetes. An opening in the skin is vulnerable to infection—a serious risk that could result in major complications. Avoid exercises that will put pressure on your feet and contact Dr. Philip Pinsker for proper care and treatment. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 or visit our homepage to request an appointment online