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Now that it's cold and dry out, my heels are cracking. I tried using heavy oil-based moisturizers, but I don't see much improvement. Is there anything else I can do besides trying to scrape off the calluses? Often, cracked skin on the feet is simply a pesky symptom of winter's harsh weather. Common sense tells us that heavy creams and lotions will relieve the problem, but some cracked heels require more aggressive treatment. Cracks in the skin on your heels are commonly known as heel fissures. They usually occur when skin becomes dry and aggravates the thick, brittle calluses on your heels. The everyday acts of standing and walking on our feet places enough pressure onto brittle skin that small cracks open in the epidermal layer of the skin. While this remains mostly an aesthetic problem, some patients experience deep cracks that feel painful and can even bleed or get infected. So as the days grow colder, take the following steps into account when your feet star...
Definition Alternative Names Causes of foot pain Information Question: What causes foot pain? Answer: Many things can cause foot pain . Wearing shoes that don't fit right is one of the most common reasons people (especially women) get foot problems such as calluses and bunions . With age, feet often grow wider. Also, being overweight can increase your chances of having foot problems or injuries. Go shopping for shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest due to swelling . Heels on shoes shouldn't be higher than 1 inch. Shoes with a wide toe box can also lead to less problems to your feet. See also: Ankle pain Heel pain
Alternative Names Aches and pains in bones; Pain - bones Home Care For unexplained bone pain, see your health care provider. Call your health care provider if Take any bone pain or tenderness very seriously. Contact your health care provider if you have any unexplained bone pain. What to expect at your health care provider's office Your health care provider will ask you about your medical history and perform a physical exam. Medical history questions may include: Location of the pain
Is the pain in the forearms, hands, lower legs, or feet ( distal extremities)? Is the pain in the main part of the arm or leg? Is the pain in the heels (calcaneal pain)? Time and pattern of the pain
When did you first notice the pain (at what age did the pain begin)? How long have you had the pain? Is it getting worse? What other symptoms do you have? Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: Blood studies (such as CBC , blood differential ) Bone x-rays , including a bone scan CT or MRI scan Hormone level studies Pituit...
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