What are cracked heels?
Cracked heels are a common condition, which present as fissures or linear wounds around the rim of the heel.
Many people with cracked heels may not notice any pain or discomfort, but if the cracks are deep they can become quite painful and can also cause bleeding.
If not cared for properly, the wounds can also become infected which can cause more significant and ongoing problems.
How can a podiatrist treat cracked heels?
If self-treatment at home isn’t getting on top of your cracked heels, then visiting a podiatrist is the next recommended course of action.
Our podiatrists at Coastal Podiatry have the necessary equipment and clinical knowledge to safely remove any thick and hardened skin, which will help existing cracks to heal and allow any moisturiser to be absorbed more easily. At Coastal Podiatry we also have specific creams available, which are proven to be the most effective in treating dry skin around the heels and may be recommended over other standard creams. Another treatment method that we offer at Coastal Podiatry are hot wax foot baths, which can help to soften hard skin on the feet.
Why do I get cracked heels?
If you have a problem with cracked heels that keep recurring, then our podiatrists can take a closer look at the cause of the problem. At Coastal Podiatry we find that most cases of cracked heels result from mechanical pressure on the heel area or from poorly fitting footwear, particularly for people who spend a lot of time standing. Advice on orthotics and footwear to reduce pressure on the heels can be highly effective in preventing cracked heels from recurring. Other causes of cracked heels from dry skin include fungal infections and wearing open-heeled shoes. Not drinking enough water can also contribute to hard skin.
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.