Cracked Heels by David Webby
Cracked heels are a common foot problem and are commonly caused by drying out of the skin due to lack of moisture or reduced oils in the skin.
For most people this is a nuisance and a cosmetic problem but when the fissures or cracks become deeper, they can be painful and the skin can bleed. In severe cases they can become infected.
How are they caused?
During summer it is common for us to wear thongs or sandals, so the skin maybe more prone to drying out and friction.
In Winter, the coldness can cause the body to shunt the blood away from the sweat glands that help lubricate the skin. This shunting of the bllod away from the extremities is common in those who suffer from Chilblains or Raynaud’s syndrome.
Standing for long periods and been over-weight can also cause more pressure on the heels and cause blanching of the skin, therefore less circulation to the sweat glands.
What can we do for you?
Removing the hard, thick callused skin. This is the best way to remove the hard skin around the cracks, so they can close up.
Podiatrists are trained and are the only professionals allowed to use scapels to remove the callus.
Regular maintenance may be the best way to prevent the problem.
Advice about footwear and assessment of potential frictional forces.
Advice regarding the most appropriate moisturizer or emollient. eg Eulactol Heel Balm or Paw Paw ointment.