Summertime is blazing on the scene here in sunny Sarasota, FL! The heat and humidity are back and soon our gorgeous beaches will be filled with people. Along with the summer temps come all kind of summer footwear: open-toed shoes, sandals, and flip flops! Are your feet ready for summer?
I often get asked by my patients what they can do about extremely dry, cracked heels. Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are very common and can often be embarrassing. They can be painful as well and lead to unwanted bleeding and infection, which is particularly problematic for diabetics as simple infections can have devastating results.
Cracked heels should be treated promptly before the conditions worsens. Here are a few ways to treat dry, cracked heels.
- Moisturize: Daily moisturizing can help reduce dryness and prevent further cracking.
- Use a repair cream: Using a repair cream specifically designed for cracked heels will aid in the healing process.
- Hydrate: Drink more water to decrease dehydration, which can cause cracked feet or make them worse.
- Get regular pedicures: Regular attention to your feet can keep your heels healthy and reduce dryness and cracking.
- Use a pumice sponge to gently soften, exfoliate, and clean skin around the heel area.
- Limit wearing open-heeled shoes, sandals, and flip flops as these can make cracked feet drier and more painful. Wear breathable shoes with cotton socks.
If your heels are not getting better or if you are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday right away for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.