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Exploring the Link Between Vitamin Deficiencies and Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Cracked heels, a common and often painful foot ailment, may be more than a superficial concern. It could be a subtle indicator of underlying nutritional deficiencies. Essential vitamins like A, C, and E, along with minerals such as zinc, contribute significantly to skin health. Insufficient intake of these vital nutrients can compromise the skin's elasticity and integrity, leading to dryness and fissures, particularly on the heels. Vitamin A plays a vital role in skin regeneration, while vitamin C supports collagen synthesis, essential for maintaining skin suppleness. Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant, protecting skin cells from damage. Zinc aids in wound healing, essential for repairing cracks in the skin. Understanding the correlation between vitamin deficiencies and cracked heels highlights the importance of a well-balanced diet and, when necessary, nutritional supplements. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who address the problem and offer treatment options.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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