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Connection Between Thyroid Disorders and Cracked Heels

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Cracked heels can often be more than just a cosmetic issue. They may signal an underlying health condition, such as a thyroid disorder. The thyroid gland plays a vital role in regulating metabolism, and its imbalance can impact skin health. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland, can lead to dry, thickened skin, which may appear as cracked heels. The reduced hormone levels affects the skin's ability to retain moisture, causing it to become rough and prone to fissures. Individuals with thyroid disorders might notice other symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, or hair loss as well as cracked heels. Maintaining good foot care, such as regular moisturizing and gentle exfoliation, is essential in managing and preventing cracked heels in those with thyroid issues. If you have cracked heels that are causing you pain and discomfort, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief remedies.

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 Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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