The Foot Clinic Toronto Can Cure Cracked Heels
You finally found the perfect pair of Sandals. You love the way they match your style and you can’t wait to wear them on your next vacation to the beach. You even managed to find a pair in your size.
But as you take off your socks and slide your Foot into your new Shoes, you realize that your Feet could use a little care before you display them to the world. What started out as a Mild Case of Dry Skin has Escalated into Full-Blown Cracks and Crevices in your Heels. A few Cracks in particular can be Painful to walk if you are not Careful.
So what Caused these Cracks? Can you do anything about them?
Common Causes of Cracked Heels
Your Feet Consist of Bones, Tendons, Ligaments, Muscles, Blood Vessels, and Nerves that all work together to Support the Weight and Movement of your Body. Your Feet have Plantar Fat Pads to Protect the Bones and Muscles throughout your Body. These Pads Absorb Impact, Pressure and Shear Forces involved in Walking, Running and even Standing Still.
Your Plantar Fat Pads have Micro-Chambers filled with Fatty Tissue. The Chambers are Flexible and Pliable and they Stretch and Rebound to Absorb and Dissipate Vibrations and Shock.
While the Fat Pads in your Feet can Absorb some Shock and Pressure, they have a Harder Time Coping with Non-yielding Surfaces. Non-Yielding Surfaces include Pavement, Hard Wood Floors and Sidewalks. The longer you Stand or Move on these Tough Surfaces, the More Pressure you Put on your Feet. This Pressure causes the Heel Pad to Expand Outward. If your Skin isn't Soft or Pliable enough to Stretch with the Pad, it can Lead to Cracks.
Consequently, there are Two Common Causes for Cracked Heels. The first is Dry Skin (that doesn't Stretch to Accommodate the Heel) and the Second is Ill-Fitting or Open Backed Shoes (that Don't Support the Heel).
However, a number of Conditions and Circumstances may also lead to Cracked Heels. Some of these Conditions include:
- Circulation problems
- Cold, Dry Climates
- Disease and Disorders (Athlete's Foot, Psoriasis, Eczema, etc.)
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Naturally Thick Skin (Calluses)
- Overexposure to water
- Prolonged Standing on Hard Floors
- Unhygienic Circumstances
- Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency
Yet no matter the Condition, you can take steps to Soften your Skin and Support your Heels. With time, your Cracked Heels can Heal on their own.
At-Home Remedies for Cracked Heels
One of the best Treatments for Cracked Heels is to Prevent the Condition in the first place. Eating a Diet Rich in Calcium, Iron, Zinc, and Omega-3 Fats will give your Skin the Nutrients it needs to stay Healthy. Drinking plenty of Water and Regularly Moisturizing the Heels will also keep the Skin Hydrated and supple. Wearing Closed-Back Shoes that offer Adequate Support to your entire Foot will help Disperse some of the pressure on your Heels.
If you notice mild Cracking, gently rub a Pumice Stone on the Calluses to take away some of the Harder, Thicker Skin before Applying Moisturizer. Avoid Scratching the Affected Area and do not use razor-like tools to Scrape off the Calluses, as these can Cut through the Skin and Increase your Chance of bleeding or Infection.
Before going to bed, apply an effective emollient Cream on your Feet. The most effective Foot Creams usually contain a high percentage of Urea (generally more than 20% Urea).
Change your socks regularly and avoid Walking Barefoot as much as possible.
Cracked Heels Still a Problem?
If these At-Home Remedies don't work for you, or if your Cracked Heels cause you an excessive amount of Pain or Embarrassment, seek help from a foot specialist. A Professional can safely Remove Dead, Cracked, Hard Skin and Calluses, as well as recommend Creams to Suit your Skin type.
Contact The Foot Clinic in Toronto (North York, Richmond Hill, Etobicoke) today to book your appointment! 416-638-3338