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Treatment of Cracked Heels

Many people suffer from cracked heels. Despite all our heels do for us, it is easy to forget to take care of our them. Medically, cracked heels are known as heel fissures or regular linear cut wounds that appear on the surface of the skin. Besides being unattractive, cracked heels can become painful and start to bleed if not tended to. This condition can result from dry skin and footwear that does not fit well or have enough cushioning. Additionally, walking improperly, and being overweight may contribute to the onset of cracked heels. This ailment is more common in senior citizens and those who are on their feet a lot. To avoid complications of cracked heels, it is important to treat them as soon as they are noticed, and it is wise to prevent them from happening in the first place. In general, keep feet clean and dry, moisturize regularly, do not go barefoot, wear properly fitted closed shoes, and keep hydrated. If attempting to take care of cracked heels on your own, avoid picking at or peeling the dead skin as this can make it worse or lead to infection. It is best to consult with a chiropodist who can better help you safely treat this condition and provide suggestions for preventing this from happening again.

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, can cause pain and discomfort. If your cracked heels are bothering you, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Dry, thickened skin around the rim of the heel is typically the first sign of cracked heels. While this condition is common and usually just a nuisance, some cases can be more severe. If left untreated and as more pressure is placed on the heel, the cracks become deeper and eventually walking and standing can be painful. These deep cracks or fissures can bleed and also become infected. Those with diabetes need to be especially careful as fissures could lead to diabetic foot ulcers. 

Causes

Cracked heels can be the result of several different factors, including: 

  • Dry skin

  • Taking long, hot showers or using harsh soaps

  • Standing for long periods of time

  • Walking barefoot

  • Walking in shoes with an open back, such as sandals or flip flops

  • Wearing shoes that do not fit properly

  • Living in a cold or dry climate 

  • Certain skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis

Treatment

There are many at-home treatment remedies for cracked heels. Applying moisturizers to the heel can help hydrate the skin. Soaking your feet in warm water and exfoliating them with a loofah or pumice stone can help to buff away dead skin cells. If you are afflicted with cracked heels, it is recommended that you see a chiropodist for treatment. 

Prevention

You can prevent cracked heels by:

  • Avoiding standing in one position for prolonged periods of time

  • Wearing well-fitted shoes with a closed back

  • Washing your feet with gentle soaps and lukewarm water

  • Moisturizing the feet daily

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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