Cracked Heels giving you pain or look rough/ugly?
What are Cracked Heels?
Cracked heels can not only be a painful but also a source of embarrassment for many people.
Cracked heels are a common foot problem caused by an excessive build up or drying of the skin around the heels, and are commonly caused by
Wearing thongs (particularly in summer).
Poor circulation (particularly in winter).
Cracked heels can also caused by psoriasis, dermatitis/eczema, circulation disorders, tinea, diabetes and genetic predisposition. As the skin thickens or dries, it becomes less flexible causing it to split. These splits can be sharp, rough, cause pain and even bleed in some cases.
How can Southport Podiatry Clinic help?
For most people this is a nuisance and a cosmetic problem, but when the fissures or cracks are deep; they are painful to stand on and the skin can bleed. In severe cases they can become infected, and are more complicated if the skin around the rim of the heel is thick (callused).
Podiatrists are trained and are the only professional allowed to use scapels (sharp blades) to remove the hard thick skin. This is the best way to remove the hard skin around the cracks to allow quick healing (This treatment is generally pain-free).
Regular maintenance may be the best way to prevent the problem.
Advice regarding the most appropriate moisturizer or emollient.
Advice about footwear/cushioning.
To make an appointment for any of the above conditions, please call us on 55313877 … or send an enquiry e-mail.
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