Cracked heels are a very frequent foot problem, also known as heel fissures. Cracked heels are the result of dried-out skin and made much more complicated should the skin round the side of the rearfoot is thick. They might be painful to stand on and also the cracks in the skin might bleed.
Many people generally have a normally dry skin that causes your skin very easy to split. The thickened dry skin (callus) about the back heel that may be more likely to break is often because of weight bearing reasons which increase stress about the rearfoot (eg the way you move).
Issues that can also be involved in the reason for cracked heel skin include things like:
* continuous standing
* being overweight
* open rearfoot on the shoes
* several medical conditions increase the risk to a dehydrated skin (such as diabetes mellitus)
* skin disorders (eg dermatitis)
Self care for cracked heels:
* Using an oil based moisturizing ointment two times a day is very fundamental to get on top of cracked heels. an abrasive stone can be used to lessen the thickness of the thickened skin. You will need to steer clear of open back shoes or thin sole footwear.
* Never attempt to cut the callused skin yourself with a razor blade or scissors. There's a risk of an infection developing and taking way too much off.
The podiatric therapy of cracked heels may well include a number of approaches:
* analyzing the explanation for the problem, so this can be handled
* treatment of harder callus by carefully debriding it (usually the tears are not going to get better if the skin is not debrided). This may have to be done frequently. Regular upkeep might be the the easy way prevent the condition.
* if really painful, taping are useful to 'hold' the edges of cracks with each other while they mend (a routine maintenance routine following this to stop it happening again is really important).
* prescription and information concerning the most suitable lotion or emollient.
* assistance with shoes along with self-care of the problem.
* insoles may be used to modify the way you move in order to avoid the thicker skin from developing (these are typically suggested for cases of heel callus and aren't ideal for all cases).
* a heel cup may be utilized to maintain the plantar fat pad from expanding laterally. This cup is worn inside of the shoe and might be extremely effective at prevention if applied on a regular basis.
* on exceptional instances a number of Podiatric doctors and Dermatologists have resorted to a skin adherent to hold the edges of the epidermis together, to ensure the tears might recover.