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The most obvious reason a patient can get cracked heels is by having dry skin. Additional reasons that this uncomfortable foot condition can develop include standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time during the day, being overweight, and having foot problems that may increase heel pressure. It can happen to people who wear flip-flops or open backed shoes, which can cause the fat pads in the heel to expand sideways. Existing medical conditions may cause cracked heels. These can include psoriasis, eczema, or diabetes. Cracked heels can cause pain and discomfort, and may become infected if bacteria enters the body through the cracks. Effective prevention methods include wearing shoes that have a closed back and fit correctly, and frequently applying a good moisturizer throughout the day. Many people choose to wear padded socks which may help to prevent injuries to the affected foot. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment that is correct for you.

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 New England Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022 00:00

Toenail Fungus and Prevention Methods

A fungal infection of the toenails is medically referred to as onychomycosis. It can be unsightly as a result of the toenails becoming thick and yellowed, which are common symptoms of toenail fungus. It is considered to be a contagious infection and lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These types of places can include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and locker rooms. It is advised to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, in addition to refraining from sharing towels, shoes, and socks. These may be effective prevention methods, but it is also suggested to frequently wash and thoroughly dry the feet, as well as practice overall good hygiene. Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat and may take several months. If you have symptoms of this condition, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the best treatment options for you.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Research has shown that for every mile walked, there are sixty tons of stress that goes through the foot. Heel pain can indicate a heel spur may have developed and can become worse without proper treatment. It is defined as a bony growth that forms at the base of the heel and can cause severe pain and discomfort. This condition can come from standing on your feet for most of the day, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Some patients find it helpful to practice specific stretching exercises, and this may help them to find mild relief. Additionally, when proper stretches are performed, it may give the foot the ability to have increased range of motion and flexibility. Obese patients may find it beneficial to lose extra pounds and wearing heel pads may provide temporary relief from the heel spur. If you have developed this ailment, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat heel spurs. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 02 May 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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