Learn About The Causes, Symptoms And Treatment Options For Cracked Heels Learn About The Causes, Symptoms And Treatment Options For Cracked Heels

By Skin & Hair Academy | February 04, 2016
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Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a result of dryness and dead skin build up. Rough, cracked heels are not only unsightly but can be quite painful. In severe cases, cracked heels can become infected and can also lead to a bacterial infection known as cellulitis.

dry-weather

Dry weather
walking-barefoot

Walking barefoot
improper-foot-care

Improper foot care
nutritional-deficiency

Nutritional deficiency
central-heating

Central heating
hot-showers

Excessive hot showers

Symptoms

roughness

Roughness
redness-skin

Redness of skin
flaky

Flaky or peeling skin
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Cracks in the feet
Itchiness

Itchiness around heels
painful-touch

Painful to touch

Treatment Options

  • Epsom salt-soak promotes circulation and cleanses bacteria off the skin besides adding moisture.
  • Heel repair balm containing descaling (keratolytic) or water-retaining (humectant) agents such as salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, urea and saccharide isomerate can help.
  • For cases where no improvement is seen after a week of self-treatment, seek a podiatrist’s advice.
  • Debridement – cutting away hard thick skin – is one of the treatment procedures for severe cases.

For healthy, best-looking feet

  • Avoid beauty products with alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).
  • Put on a moisturizer before hitting the sack, slip on cotton socks, and wear them overnight.
  • Limit your shower to 10 minutes and use warm water instead of hot.
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fats.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene.
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