Cracked Heels

Cracked heels generally occur in patients that have a large callus build up around the heel, the hard may start to crack often in natural skin folds these cracks will get deeper and deeper and may even crack into healthy skin. This may lead to problems walking as they can become very painful. They may also become infected thus complicating this problem even more. This type of hard skin build up can become worse in patients that wear open back shoes for much of the time, patients who stand for much of the day and patients who are carrying too much weight. All these factors will contribute to cracked heels.
You should visit a Podiatrist regularly if you suffer from this problem especially in summer when the skin dries out faster. You should never reduce this skin yourself with things like razor blades. It is alright to use a pumice stone on them although we find that for the amount of energy expended very little callus is actually removed. It is well worth while using a moisturising cream on these areas but you must do it regularly for it to be effective.
A Podiatrist will examine your feet and may make other recommendations on how to minimise this sort of callus build up, sometimes we may recommend things such as strapping to help hold the cracks together. We will sometimes use heel cups to shop the body weight causing the natural fat pad of the heel expanding sideways.
If you suffer from this condition it is well worth while visiting a Podiatrist.

















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