Heel Cracks May Not Be Only Cosmetic Problem, They Also Can Indicate Some Of Diseases

Date May 10, 2018 17:42

If you rub your heels with a pumice stone to get rid of cracks, but they won’t go away, then you have a reason to see a doctor. What you attribute to uncomfortable shoes and dry skin, may actually turn out to be symptoms of a serious condition.

Doctors name 5 diseases, which may be accompanied by cracks on the heels. Be careful!

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1. Varicosis

Cracked heels are one of the symptoms of hidden varix dilatation of veins. Dilated veins may be deep under the skin, and thus not visible. Meanwhile, blood vessels become occluded, skin on the heels does not receive nutrients and starts to crack.

There is no way to completely get rid of hidden varicosis. But treatment should start as soon as possible, to prevent complications.

In order to strengthen blood vessels, doctors recommend taking rutin. Pith and segment walls of citrus fruits are the usual sources of vitamin Р. Raspberry, black currant, and brier are rich in it as well. Make sure to eat cabbage, tomatoes, parsley, and dill. Vitamin Р is also abundant in buckwheat.

You should also add products, containing vitamin С, into your nutrition: kiwi, sweet pepper. Ascorbic acid strengthens the walls of blood vessels and reduces swelling.

2. Impaired kidney function

It may seem that there is no connection between cracked heels and kidneys. But in case of impaired kidney function, a blood urea level rises. It prevents normal blood circulation, thus skin becomes dry and heels crack.

It is very important to eat healthy in case of impaired kidney function. A high blood urea level indicates an excessive amount of protein in the organism. So protein intake needs to be limited.

3. Decompensated diabetes mellitus

Decompensated diabetes is a condition, in which patient’s blood glucose level is consistently high and treatment has no effect.

During this condition, the skin on heels looks like dry, cracked ground. As usual, cracks are deep. Pay attention to your toes. It is possible for water-blister to occur and eventually pop. Also, pigment spots may appear. In this, case it is advisable to see a doctor and undergo some tests.

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4. Mycosis

In simple terms, mycosis is a fungus disease. If it targets the heels, it can result in cracks. First, the fungus damages the upper skin layer, getting deeper with time. Covering tissue around the recesses may turn white or greenish. It is crucial to begin treatment. Consult a doctor, who will prescribe medication for internal use and external application. And you also may supplement your nutrition with products, having antibacterial and antifungal properties: garlic, spinach, and brier.

5. Gastritis

Barely visible crackings on your heels may suggest gastritis. They are often taken for common skin dryness. But all the difference is in the accompanying symptoms: little crackings in the corners of your lips, and also dry mouth, and heartburn. Medical supervision and a change of nutrition are recommended.

If you noticed the dry skin on your heels, follow this procedure.

What to do with dry heels' skin

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  1. Get rid of uncomfortable footwear made of poor-quality materials, which doesn’t fit.
  2. Regularly follow hygiene procedures.
  3. If you walk or stand a lot - let your feet rest from times to times.
  4. Use creams to moisturize the skin on your heels.

If you have observed all the measures to prevent cracks, but they appear anyway, consult a doctor. Timely treatment can prevent a disease or complications. Also, share this useful information with friends!

This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.