Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are caused by cracking and/or splitting of the skin. Dry skin that cracks and breaks under pressure is the primary culprit behind cracked heels. They can not only be unsightly, but can often be source of pain and embarrassment. While the dry skin itself is not dangerous, if untreated and bleeding and infection result, it could be a serious problem for diabetics and older patients. Walking around barefooted or in footwear such as thongs, sling or open backed sandals which drys out the feet. Dry, cracked heels often appear with increased age, poorly fitted shoes, diabetes, and dry indoor air. Other causes of increased pressure includes prolonged standing, pregnancy or excess weight.

Cracked Heel Treatment & Relief:

Most minor cracked heels are able to be treated at home but for the best results, a podiatrist can remove the dead skin from your feet in just 30 mins leaving them soft, smooth and ready for sandals. Dry, cracked heels can be treated with quality therapeutic ointments and creams, avoiding lotions that may contain drying alcohol. Use doctor recommended foot care creams that are especially formulated for dry, cracked heels and calluses, especially at night to provide relief. Dr. Hurless’s wife swears by the DPM cream – she loves it. Wearing specially designed socks will also help absorption and provide cracked heel relief. You should also always wear comfortable shoes with doctor recommended insoles or other corrective devices that reduce the risk of friction and rubbing against the injured heel.

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