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Dry, Cracked Heels in Children

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Children can get dry, cracked heels, and this can interfere with their active functioning. Cracked heels can occur in children for several reasons, including fungal infections, taking long and hot baths, obesity, and skin allergies. Drinking lots of water and good nutrition, which should include proper vitamins and nutrients, can help with dry, cracked heels in kids. Keeping feet clean, dry, and moisturized may also help prevent fungal and bacterial infections, such as athlete’s foot, often resulting in dry, cracked heels. Obese children can suffer from increased pressure on their feet, leading to cracked skin. If a child is obese, actions to bring a child’s weight into the normal range are suggested. Of course, if a child appears to get a skin reaction from a new product or some other irritant, it should be stopped immediately. Since dry, cracked heels have varied causes, it is suggested to take them to a podiatrist for an examination and treatment if this is something your child suffers from.

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 Dr. Charles Marchese from Manalapan Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 our offices located in Manalapan, NJ, and Staten Island, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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