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Treating Your Cracked HeelsIn California, we’re accustomed to cracks in the earth. The Hayward fault runs straight through the East Bay and evidence of its slow progression is apparent if you know where to look—offset cubs, cracks in the pavement, patched or repaired structures. The fault even runs straight through California Memorial Stadium—nearly goal post to goal post—on the campus of UC Berkeley; go on a tour there and you’ll be able to see many of the effects up close. If you don’t practice treatment for cracked heels, you will be able to see those effects up close too—and feel them!

Cracks in your heels won’t cause the same kind of seismic activity as cracks in the earth, but you might start to quake if you have painful, itchy fissures in your feet that can bleed or even get infected. To be able to walk and see the Hayward fault up close, you’ll need to address the faults in your own heel first.

Feet dry out for a variety of underlying reasons—skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, medical conditions like diabetes or thyroid disease, aging, even low humidity in your home or office. When your feet absorb the pounding of your steps and swell and expand, the dry and inflexible skin cracks and fissures form.

The first key in treatment for cracked heels: moisturize! Feet don’t have oil glands like the rest of your skin, so it takes a lot more work to keep them hydrated. After you get out of the tub or shower, rub on a rich moisturizing cream or oil—even petroleum jelly. (Doing it after bathing improves absorption.)  Avoid lotions with alcohol, as this can irritate the skin further.

To keep your skin from drying out in the first place, ask yourself a few simple questions. Do you take extra-long or extra-hot showers? Do you use harsh soaps or scrub your feet especially vigorously? All these things can remove natural moisture from your skin. Drinking lots of water throughout the day will help you rehydrate.

If you’re still struggling with persistently dry and cracked feet, give the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay a call. We can help guide you through the basics of treatment for cracked heels, and we can help you deal with any underlying “faults” that may be causing your feet to dry out. Dial (510) 483-3390 to schedule an appointment in one of our three East Bay locations.

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