Cracked Heels: Are you ready to defeat?Created by:
Cracked heel or Heel Fissure is a common problem in both sexes specially during winter. Severely cracked heel can be painful and make walking difficult.
The best form of treatment for cracked heels is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. This can be achieved by simply rubbing the heels with a moisturising cream or jelly on a regular basis to keep the skin supple and hydrated. Special heel balms are available that contain descaling (keratolytic) or water-retaining (humectant) agents,such as: Urea, Salicylic acid, Alpha-hydroxy acids, Saccharide isomerate.
For severely cracked heels or if no improvement is seen after a week of self-treatment a visit to a podiatrist may be required. Treatments may involve the following.
• Debridement – cutting away hard thick skin (this should not be attempted at home using scissors or razor blade as there is a risk of removing too much skin and infection occurring)
• Strapping – bandage/dressings around the heel to reduce skin movement
• Prescription for stronger softening or debriding agents, e.g. urea or salicylic acid creams
• In soles, heel pad or heel cups to redistribute the weight of the heel and provide better support (prevent the fat pad from expanding sideways)
• Special tissue glue to hold the edges of the cracked skin together so it can heal.