Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels

Dry cracked heels are a common foot problem that can be both unsightly and painful. They occur when the skin on the bottom of your heels becomes dry, thick, and callused, and then cracks and splits.

Cracked Heels

Causes of Dry Cracked Heels

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of dry cracked heels. These include:

  1. Being on your feet for long periods of time, especially on hard floors
  2. Wearing open-back sandals, shoes, and thongs
  3. Walking around barefoot
  4. Obesity

Symptoms of Dry Cracked Heels

The most obvious symptom of dry cracked heels is the appearance of dry, hard skin around the heel. As the condition progresses, the cracks become deeper and may begin to bleed. Other symptoms include:

  1. Pain and discomfort, especially while standing
  2. Warmth, redness if there is an infection
  3. Bleeding from the cracks
  4. Flaky skin

Treatment Options for Dry Cracked Heels

If you have minor dry cracked heels, you can start by moisturizing your heels 2-3 times per day to help relieve your symptoms.  However, if your symptoms persist, it may be time to consult a podiatrist.

Podiatrists may recommend or administer a combination of the following treatments:

  • Mechanical debridement of the thick calluses/fissures using a scalpel blade to reduce the amount of skin build-up
  • Dermal foot balm for skin nourishment and moisture. This is similar to a moisturizer but uses higher concentration of urea, an extra ingredient that substantially increases effectiveness. We also recommend Akileine cream at our clinic
  • Appropriate footwear that cushions the heel pads

For help with cracked Heels, call us on 08 7120 6063 or book online with our experienced team at Leading Edge Podiatry.

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