Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Do You Have Dry, Cracked Heels?

Atlanta Skin Care Services

Dry skin is a very common skin problem, especially in the winter months. Many people suffer from very dry skin on their feet. The skin on our heels actually lacks the normal sweat glands that exist on the rest of our body. While this may just be a cosmetic concern for some, it is important to realize the more serious concerns that dry, cracked feet can bring.

Though anyone can have dry feet, it is more common among seniors and diabetics, which leads to one of the reasons that dry feet needs immediate attention. Chronically dry skin on the heels and feet may actually cause ulcerations. A healthy body with good blood flow has the ability to heal ulcerated skin fairly quickly. However, seniors and diabetics have a slower growth and repair of blood vessels. Therefore, chronically cracked or ulcerated heels invite bacteria, which leads to infection.

If you have occasional dry skin on your heels or any other part of your body, it is typically not a major problem and can be remedied easily with a moisturizer. However, if you are consistently finding it difficult to relieve your dry skin and it becomes extremely itchy, this may be a warning sign of dermatitis. Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin and it produces an itchy rash or patches of dry irritated skin. A dermatologist can diagnose a dermatitis skin condition and offer effective treatment options. Treating dermatitis early often provides the most successful results.

If you find that your feet are occasionally dry, try extra home moisturizing efforts at home first. Managing dry heels can include a regular moisturizing habit each day. You may find that soaking your feed in warm soapy water for 15 minutes each day is all that is needed to keep your skin at a healthy moisture level. An at-home healing mixture can benefit too. Try mixing one teaspoon of Vaseline and the juice of one lemon and rub the mixture on the dry areas of your feet. This can soothe dry skin and soften cracked heels. Lathering up on moisturizer and wearing socks to bed can be an excellent dry feet fix as well.

For those that have chronically dry skin that cannot be managed at home, seek professional help. Olansky Dermatology Associates has leading dermatologists who understand the many causes of dry skin as well as when it is a symptom of a more serious skin condition.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

3379 Peachtree Rd, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 355-5484

American College of Mohs Surgery Atlanta Association for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery American Academy of Dermatology American Medical Association American Medical Association

Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.