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The Connection Between Obesity and Cracked Heels

Having cracked heels is an undeniably unattractive condition of the feet in which the backs of the heels become significantly dehydrated. Cracks, or fissures, can form on the skin. Although many individuals may not be familiar with the connection between obesity and cracked heels, it is important and critical. Obese individuals may be at an increased risk of developing cracked heels because that increased weight puts added pressure on the fat pads in the heels. As a result, the fat pads can increase horizontally. This makes cracks in the back of the heels more likely. When the skin is not sufficiently hydrated and supple, deeper fissures may develop. If you are someone that wants to prevent the onset of cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for treatment and advice. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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