07 Aug Fungal Formation possible after the development of Cracked Heels
A fungal infection formation is possible, reports Kaniza Garari, if your feet are red, itchy, cracked or scaly. Because feet are always kept enclosed in shoes, fungus and bacteria have the tendency to grow easily; shoes provide a dark and humid atmosphere that is perfect for the formation of fungus and bacteria. Cracked heels can be caused by eczema, psoriasis, lymphoma, kidney disease, athlete’s foot, thyroid problems, diabetes, and genetics.
Use a nightly heel balm to moisturize the heels and help prevent them from cracking. Easy measures such as changing your socks daily and keeping the feet clean can help prevent the formation of cracked heels and infection.
Keeping your feet clean and moisturized can go a long way in helping prevent cracked heels. Consult with Dr. Donald C. Stran, D.P.M. of Texas if you are having trouble dealing with cracked heels. Dr. Stran will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality assistance.
The Truth about Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they 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.
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 so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers– applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones– these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.
If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.