Corns, Heels and Nails / Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are hard, thickened callus that build up over the heel area as a result of increased pressure and friction. The skin becomes thickened and dry resulting in a loss of suppleness and elasticity resulting in the heels splitting under minor pressure such as walking

  • WHAT ARE CRACKED HEELS?
    • Hard, thickened callus build up over the heel area as a result of increased pressure and friction
    • The skin becomes thickened and dry resulting in a loss of suppleness and elasticity resulting in the heels splitting under minor pressure such as walking
    • Cracked heels can be extremely painful and if ignored can split open further causing bleeding and an open wound environment which may be a source for infection
  • WHAT CAUSES CRACKED HEELS?
    • Walking barefooted or in poor footwear e.g. thongs or open backed sandals
    • Long time periods of standing – particularly on hard surfaces
    • Increased weight from pregnancy or obesity
    • Genetic conditions that have a tendency to cause increased callus formation
    • Unhygienic circumstances and fungal infections/tinea
    • Very dry scaly skin – typically worse during summer as feet not retaining moisture
    • Deficiency in vitamins and minerals or malnutrition
    • Some hormonal conditions e.g. thyroid or estrogen imbalances
    • Poor circulation
  • HOW WILL A PODIATRIST TREAT MY CRACKED HEELS?
    • Safely removing dead skin and thereby reducing the depth of the cracks by debriding and filing the overlying callus
    • Assessing your feet and identifying the underlying cause for your cracked heels to assist in long term prevention
    • Provide education on what you can do to help your cracked heels in between appointments to prevent additional damage
    • May prescribe an appropriate, effective emollient to improve skin suppleness and elasticity
  • CAN I DO ANYTHING FOR MY CRACKED HEELS AT HOME?
    • Yes! With the advice and guidance from your podiatrist there are a few simple but effective treatments you can do:
      • Use of an oil based moisturiser or heel balm daily to improve skin integrity and elasticity
      • A pumice stone or emery board can be used between appointments to reduce callus thickness
      • Wear closed in shoes and cotton socks to prevent skin drying out
      • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated
      • If your cracked heels are bleeding apply an antiseptic and dressing to prevent infection and contact your podiatrist ASAP so they can get you back on track
  • WHAT ARE CRACKED HEELS?
    • Hard, thickened callus build up over the heel area as a result of increased pressure and friction
    • The skin becomes thickened and dry resulting in a loss of suppleness and elasticity resulting in the heels splitting under minor pressure such as walking
    • Cracked heels can be extremely painful and if ignored can split open further causing bleeding and an open wound environment which may be a source for infection
  • WHAT CAUSES CRACKED HEELS?
    • Walking barefooted or in poor footwear e.g. thongs or open backed sandals
    • Long time periods of standing – particularly on hard surfaces
    • Increased weight from pregnancy or obesity
    • Genetic conditions that have a tendency to cause increased callus formation
    • Unhygienic circumstances and fungal infections/tinea
    • Very dry scaly skin – typically worse during summer as feet not retaining moisture
    • Deficiency in vitamins and minerals or malnutrition
    • Some hormonal conditions e.g. thyroid or estrogen imbalances
    • Poor circulation
  • HOW WILL A PODIATRIST TREAT MY CRACKED HEELS?
    • Safely removing dead skin and thereby reducing the depth of the cracks by debriding and filing the overlying callus
    • Assessing your feet and identifying the underlying cause for your cracked heels to assist in long term prevention
    • Provide education on what you can do to help your cracked heels in between appointments to prevent additional damage
    • May prescribe an appropriate, effective emollient to improve skin suppleness and elasticity
  • CAN I DO ANYTHING FOR MY CRACKED HEELS AT HOME?
    • Yes! With the advice and guidance from your podiatrist there are a few simple but effective treatments you can do:
      • Use of an oil based moisturiser or heel balm daily to improve skin integrity and elasticity
      • A pumice stone or emery board can be used between appointments to reduce callus thickness
      • Wear closed in shoes and cotton socks to prevent skin drying out
      • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated
      • If your cracked heels are bleeding apply an antiseptic and dressing to prevent infection and contact your podiatrist ASAP so they can get you back on track

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