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Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

Getting to the Cause of Cracked Heels

While not a serious condition, cracked heels can be very uncomfortable for those who have them. Knowing the causes of cracked heels and what to look for allows you to prevent and treat them. Dry skin is one of the most common causes for cracked heels and generally occurs right before cracks develop. Moisturizing your feet will help prevent dryness. Too much pressure on your feet is another cause of cracked heels, so giving your feet a rest and wearing comfortable shoes will help prevent cracks. Athlete’s foot, psoriasis and eczema all lead to reddish, flaky, peeling skin, and cracked heels. Athlete’s foot can be treated with antibacterial ointments or oral antibiotics prescribed by a podiatrist. While psoriasis and eczema have no known cures, topical corticosteroids can help mitigate the effects that lead to cracked heels. Finally, for beach goers, sunburn can lead to cracked heels. Aloe Vera creams may also help soothe sunburned skin. If cracked heels lead to pain or do not go away, see a podiatrist for treatment and advice.

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 Dr. Kane & Associates, 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 one of our office located in Westland, MI.. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Podiatrists and Pedicurists

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the foot and ankle and can treat the most severe foot conditions. While things like corns/calluses, foot fungus infections, and cracked heels seem minor, podiatrists offer the best solutions when it comes to fixing them. Pedicurists, on the other hand, are cosmeticians and cannot treat foot ailments. Pedicurists may also not know what a fungal infection like athlete's foot looks like and may therefore be unable to alert you if you have the condition. Despite this, pedicures are a great way to beautify and maintain clean-looking feet. Just ensure that the pedicure salon uses clean instruments, as unclean tools can lead to fungal infections. Be wary of the type of nail polish used by a pedicurist, as certain varieties can be harsh on nails and preserve and hide toenail infections. If the pedicurist cuts skin around the cuticle, this is potentially dangerous and can lead to infections. Above all, be aware of what is going on in a pedicure salon; remember that pedicurists are not podiatrists and cannot help with foot conditions. If you have an issue with your feet, see a podiatrist for proper care.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Westland, MI.. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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For those who stand most of the day while working, foot pain is common. However, there are things you can do to alleviate pain. The type of shoes you wear have a big impact on their wearability. Shoes should have enough space so that toes can move freely. Shoes like open-back heels and sandals are not very supportive and can be bad for feet. Women should also avoid high heels. Shoes should also support the arch, and if not, custom made orthotics can be designed by a podiatrist that can. Athletic shoes generally offer more support and are a good choice. Stretching your feet can help deal with pain, as can soaking them in a tub. Wearing clean, dry socks can prevent athlete’s foot as can foot powder that helps keep them dry. While you may have to stand all day while you work, this doesn’t mean you have to experience discomfort.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Westland, MI.. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Contact Information

Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C.

35210 Nankin Blvd., Suite 301
Westland, MI 48185
Nankin Professional Center
(1 Block North of Westland Mall)

Phone: 734-525-2555
Fax: 734-525-0514  

Business Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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