Cracked heels are a pretty frequent foot disorder, also known as heel fissures. Cracked heels are caused by dried-out skin and made more complicated should the skin around the side of the heel is thickened. They could be painful to weightbear on and the cracks in the skin may bleed.
Quite a few people generally have a naturally dry skin that makes the skin very easy to tear. The thickened dry skin (callus) around the back heel that is more likely to tear is usually resulting from mechanical variables that increase stress under the heel (eg the way you walk).
Things which can be also involved with the explanation for cracked heel skin comprise:
* Prolonged weight bearing
* Being obese
* Open rearfoot on the footwear
* Dome medical conditions increase the risk to a drying skin (such as diabetes mellitus)
* Skin disorders (eg dermatitis)
Self treatment for cracked heels:
* Using a good oil based cream two times a day is very necessary to get on top of this problem. an abrasive stone can be used to decrease the thickness of the hard skin. It is important to stay away from open back shoes or thin soled shoes.
* Never attempt to decrease the harder skin by yourself with a razor blade or a pair of scissors. There's a chance of an infection occuring and taking way too much off.
The podiatric management of cracked heels may well involve the following:
* Searching for the explanation for the problem, and this can be addressed
* Treatment of hard callused skin by way of debriding it (frequently the splits will likely not get better unless the skin isn't removed). This tends to have to be carried out regularly. Regular upkeep may be the easiest way to avoid the condition.
* When the cracked heels are rather painful, strapping may be used to 'hold' the fissures together while they mend (a maintenance system after this in order to avoid it happening again is extremely important).
* Prescription and information about the most appropriate moisturizer or cream.
* Advice about footwear and self care of the condition.
* Insoles may be used to alter the way you walk to prevent the thick skin from happening (these are suggested for situations of heel callus and are not suitable for everyone).
* A heel cup could be utilized to maintain your plantar fat pad from extending sideways. This is used inside of the shoe and might be very effective for prevention when utilized regularly.
* On exceptional occasions a number of Podiatric doctors and also Skin doctors have used a skin adherent to retain the edges of the skin together, so the cracks could get betterO