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Cracked Heels in Children

Cracks in the heels are much less likely to happen in children compared to adults. Children’s skin is more tender and less likely to be impacted by mechanical factors. However, there are some instances where children will get cracks in their heels, and this is usually when there is interference with metabolic or hormonal processes causing skin disturbances. The heels are often affected under these circumstances since the feet take on the burden of the weight of the body. Cracked heels can occur in children from stress, neuro-psychic changes, or insufficient nutrition, particularly vitamin deficiencies. Vitamins A and E normalize metabolic processes, remove toxins, and positively affect the condition of skin. Transition periods can be associated with cracks in the heels, such as beginning school, during adolescence, or a family disturbance, periods that often come with increased stress. Since more serious complications can arise from cracked skin on the heels, it is suggested you take your child to a podiatrist for an examination and treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors 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 offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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