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Cracked Heels and Diabetes

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Cracked heels are a common occurrence. Heels can become cracked from dry skin brought on by bathing for too long in water that is too hot, using harsh cleansers, not moisturizing enough, and having poor circulation. Foot problems can take longer to heal, and it is harder to keep feet free of infections. It is important for everyone, but especially diabetics, to check their feet regularly, wash, dry, and moisturize them daily, avoid going barefoot, trim toenails properly and carefully, and wear well-fitting shoes. If you have cracked heels that are not responding to routine foot care along with having diabetes as a complication, it is suggested you see a podiatrist for an evaluation and a treatment plan.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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