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Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Cracked Heels?

Cracked heels, a common foot ailment, can be particularly concerning for individuals with diabetes. Diabetes can lead to poor circulation and nerve damage, reducing the skin's ability to stay moisturized and heal properly. As a result, the skin around the heels becomes dry and thickened, prone to cracking and fissures. Cracked heels provide entry points for bacteria, increasing the risk of infection, particularly for those with compromised immune systems. Diabetic neuropathy can also diminish sensation in the feet, making it challenging to detect and address foot problems promptly. Left untreated, cracked heels can progress to serious complications such as foot ulcers, infections, and amputation in severe cases. There are essential foot care tips that can help to prevent cracked heels. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you seek guidance from a podiatrist who can help you manage diabetes-related foot issues and minimize the risk of complications. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Peter Siroka, DPM from Connecticut. Our doctor 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 our office located in Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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