Cracked heels,also known as heel fissures, really are a really common foot problem. They are caused by dried-out skin and made much more complicated should the skin round the side of the rearfoot is thicker. They may be painful to weightbear on and the skin could bleed.
A number of people tend to have a naturally dry skin which makes your skin very easy to crack. The thicker dry skin (callus) about the back heel which may be more prone to break is usually as a result of weight bearing variables that raise pressures in that area (such as the way you walk).
Issues that might be also included in the explanation for cracked heel skin include things like:
* prolonged weight bearing
* being obese
* open rearfoot on the footwear
* several health conditions predispose to a dehydrated skin (for example all forms of diabetes)
* skin problems (eg dermatitis)
Self therapy for cracked heels:
* Using an oil based cream twice a day is very important to get on top of this problem. an abrasive pad can be used to decrease the thickness of the thickened skin. It is very important to avoid open back footwear or thin sole footwear.
* Never attempt to cut the hard skin your self with a razor blade or a pair of scissors. There is a possibility of an infection developing and taking way too much off.
The podiatric management of cracked heels could involve a number of approaches:
* checking out the reason for the issue, so this can be handled
* eliminating the hard callused skin by debriding it (frequently the splits will likely not recover unless the skin isn't removed). This might need to be carried out consistently. Regular debriding might be the easiest way to prevent the disorder.
* if the cracked heels are very painful, strapping are useful to 'hold' the fissures together while they heal (a routine maintenance routine next in order to avoid it happening again is extremely important).
* prescription along with suggestions concerning the most suitable lotion or emollient.
* advice about footwear as well as self-care of the cracked heels.
* insoles may be used to alter the way you move in order to avoid the thickened skin from happening (these are indicated in cases of heel callus and aren't ideal for every case).
* a rearfoot cup can be utilized to maintain your fat pad from expanding sideways. This cup is used inside of the footwear and is often extremely effective at preventing cracked heels when made use of frequently.
* in exceptional instances some Podiatrists and skin doctors have tried a tissue adherent to stick the sides of the skin with each other, so the splits could heal.