Summertime is officially here, and it’s looking to be a hot one in the Phoenix area this year! With some days nearing 120 degrees already, we Arizonans make it a habit to drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen often, and listen to our bodies to make sure we are taking care of ourselves—including our feet! The dry summer air may zap our feet and heels of much needed moisture, causing heel fissures (or cracked heels) to form.
Though Arizona’s climate is a common reason for cracked heels over here, there are other risk factors such as age, diabetes, overall health, and the shoes we wear that may contribute to the presence of heel fissures. However, there are easy tricks you can incorporate into your daily routine to help prevent heel fissures from forming.
Keep these simple habits in mind to help your heels stay fissure-free:
●Avoid going barefoot and wear the right shoes. Wear shoes with proper backs, thicker soles, strong shock absorption, and proper arch support.
●Moisturize your feet regularly. As part of your before-bedtime routine, put lotions on your feet and then socks. Doing this will keep your feet feeling nice and soft and less prone to having cracks develop.
●Use a pumice stone in the shower/bath to remove dead skin. A couple times a week, you can gently remove any dead skin with a pumice stone. As you buff out the dead skin, you’ll be left with smoother skin.
●Incorporate foods rich in calcium, iron, and zinc to your diet. These nutrients help boost skin health, but it’s always best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.
●Visit your podiatrist for your routine foot care checkup. It always helps to have a second pair of eyes look and make sure your foot are in good health and perform any routine care if needed.
Apply these habits into your daily routine, and it’ll be easy for you to keep your heels fissure-free. However, if there’s any sign of dry or thickened skin on your heels, we are here to help prevent those heel fissures from forming. If you are experiencing cracked heels or would like to learn more on how to prevent them, give us a call at (480) 963-9000, and we would be happy to help.