Dr Cris here with The Ask Dr Cris Show. Today’s question comes from Tracey and she would like to know ‘how can I prevent cracked heels or how do I treat cracked heels?’ Great question!
Often times it is a Vitamin E deficiency, believe it or not, that is Vitamin E deficiency. There are some food sources for Vitamin E and that includes wheat germ oil, nuts and seeds, avocado, to some degree broccoli, papaya and mangos to some degree although, often they are not in high enough concentrations once your heels do get cracked to repair that, so often at times you do have to take a Vitamin E capsule. That can take about 2 months to be effective to reduce that.
The other thing to keep in mind with cracked heels is, is it fungal as well. So, there is a fungal element to cracked heels especially when it gets quite severe. That can be tested by your local Doctor who does a fungal scraping or you could try a fungal application as well. There are some great products on the market that are based on emollients and getting moisture back in the skin once it does become cracked. They are a great Band-Aid strategy as they won’t cure the cause but they will cure the way that it looks, the ascetics of it. So, they can be purchased over the counter from chemists. Great question Tracey, thank you very much for asking it. If you have got any other questions please leave them below.
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Holistic Medical Doctor, Author ‘Healthy Habits, 52 Ways to Better Health‘