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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 09, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetes   heel fissures   avoid   hyperthyroidism   eczema  

Avoid swimming with heel fissuresThe skin on your heels can become so dry that it cracks, causing deep fissures that are painful and invite infection. So how can keep this from happening? Well, ironically, some of the best things to do, are to avoid things you shouldn’t do! Certain activities can worsen your condition and the progression of fissures. Stop the madness! Follow these tips to avoid heel fissures:

At the end of a long day, a hot bath or shower may seem like the best way to relax. But prolonged exposure to heat and water break down your skin’s ability to ward off fissures. The protective barrier of skin becomes worn and weak. Next time you bathe, try elevating your feet on the edge of the tub above the water. Or, shorten your shower by a few minutes.

Swimming pools can also go from friend to foe if you suffer from heel fissures, especially public swimming pools. This is because your feet are exposed to a party of germs and bacteria. If you visit these areas, avoid going barefoot. Otherwise, you risk worsening your condition.

Fungal infections aren’t the only cause for fear in swimming pools and public showers. The chlorine used to clean these areas irritates and dries your skin. Dry skin is heel fissures’ best friend! If you can, try to swim in a pool that is cleaned with chlorine alternatives.

Lastly, your condition may be worsened by other medical issues. If you suffer from diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or eczema work with the appropriate healthcare professional to control your symptoms.

If you’d like to explore more ways to ward off fissures, contact the Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Los Gatos, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, CA. Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM are here to help!

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