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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 27, 2016
Tags: cracked heels   dry feet  

Summer footwear sometimes leaves you with dry, cracked skin on your feet, especially around the heels. The extra exposure to the elements from sandals and flip flops cause this issue, but most of the time, with a little bit of TLC, this problem can be taken care of easily.

Superficial dry, cracked skin on the feet can be treated at home. However, when the cracks are deep and infected or bleeding, it is a more serious issue and needs the attention of our podiatrist. Please call our team at Clark Podiatry Center where our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will provide the podiatric care your family needs.

For those with dry, cracked skin on the surface of the feet, the following are some home remedies for preventing and reducing the problem. 

  1. Hydration: make sure you and your children drink plenty of water so that your overall body has enough to nourish all of your skin.

  2. Creams: Use a thick cream to spread onto your feet. Socks or keeping your feet up for a while will be recommended to prevent slipping and falling after applying the creams.

  3. Pumice Stone: Use one to scrub off the dead skin cells after a warm foot soak.

  4. Antibacterial Soap: Will help to prevent or treat infections.

  5. Paraffin Wax: This covers the feet and helps to retain moisture in the skin.

  6. Epsom salt or Honey: Adding these to baths or soaks will also help to heal and moisturize.

  7. Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice: Apply directly to the dry, cracked areas as it will soften the skin.

  8. Rotate in some walking shoes or sneakers so that your feet are not always exposed to the air.

Some dry skin may persist even when treating at home. You can make an appointment with us at the Clark, NJ office by calling (732) 382-3470. Dr. Macy and his team will provide excellent care for your family’s adult and pediatric podiatry needs.

Don’t forget! The Grand Opening for the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is on July 30th, where we will offer a free foot screening for your children!

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: cracked heels  

Cracked HeelsDry, cracked heels are not only unsightly, but they can also be a source of pain and embarrassment. When the fissures in your heel become so dry and cracked that bleeding or pain when walking occurs, it may be time to seek professional care from your podiatrist Brandon Macy, D.P.M.  Left untreated, heel fissures can become so deep and painful that it leads to an infection.   

Cracked heels are most commonly caused by splitting of the skin as a result of severe dryness or thickening of a callus on your heel. Severe cases of dry, cracked heels can occur for numerous reasons, including:

  • Cold winter weather or dry climates
  • Dehydration
  • Having diabetes
  • Scrubbing feet too harshly
  • Soaking in a hot bath or shower for too long or too frequently
  • Not moisturizing the feet
  • Increased weight
  • Walking barefoot or wearing open-backed sandals or shoes
  • Prolonged standing at work or home
  • Chronic skin problems, such as eczema or psoriasis

Here are a few tips for keeping heels from cracking:

  • Moisturize the feet daily
  • Avoid walking barefoot or wearing open-backed shoes
  • Opt for mild soaps that won’t dry out your heels
  • Increase your water intake to keep your body hydrated
  • Limit time in the shower as hot water dries out the skin
  • Use a pumice stone or file as directed by your doctor to gently decrease the thick layer of skin

When to Visit Brandon Macy, D.P.M

What may begin as an annoyance or simple cosmetic issue, cracked heels can lead to pain and serious infection if not managed properly. Most cases of dry, cracked heels will get better with a little foot pampering or over-the-counter foot cream.

When heels are severely cracked or painful and conservative treatments aren’t effective, visit our Clark office. People with diabetes are at an especially high risk for health problems and should not wait to have dry feet cared for. Severely cracked heels need moisture to avoid pain, bleeding and infection. A podiatrist can work with you to relieve your cracked heels with conservative treatment options.

By Brandon Macy. D.P.M.
February 12, 2014
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: Dry skin   cracked heels   Valentine's Day   Urea   lotions  

It's Valentines Day! Show your feet some love!

On this day we show our love for those we care about the most, how about taking some time to care for the most neglected part of your body--your feet!  

It is the nature of winter where feet are stuffed into warm boots where, combined with the dry indoor heat can result in dry, scaly, cracked skin around the heels.  This is the time where soothing soaks and treatment with a thick, rich, medicated moisturizing lotion such as Kera-42 can make a world of difference in how your feet look and feel!  Feel free to stop by our office to pick up a large tube of Kera-42. It works great and lasts a long time too.

Treat your feet real sweet and lavish some TLC on them. Whether you are using lotions, treating yourself to some comfortable new running shoe or moisture-wicking socks, your feet will love you for it!  And don't forget the stretching exercises and foot massages, either!

Are the aches and pains of walking around in boots that are warm but not very supportive?  Ask us about prescription orthotics and how they can help you stay pain-free, even after the winter ends (it WILL end soon, won't it?).

Do you have another problem with your feet, but don't quite know where to take that first step towards relief?  Contact us for an appointment on our website or call us at 732-382-3470 and we'll steer you in the right direction to make a love connection with your feet!



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