Cracked Heels

Overview

As hard skin starts to build up around the heel area, as it gets thicker there is an increased chance that the hard skin can crack. Our chiropodists are trained to remove the hard skin and advise on topical treatments that will reduce the likelihood of the cracks reforming.

 

Symptoms

The combination of thick hard skin (callus) around the heel and the soft fatty padding that sits directly below it can lead to cracking. Cracks can be unsightly, rough and damaging to socks. Deeper cracks can lead to irritation of the healthy skin that sits below. This can lead to splitting of the skin, bleeding and pain. A combination of treatments are often needed to manage the cracks and prevent them from returning in the future. Our HCPC registered Podiatrists are exerts in the treatment on this condition.

 

Causes

Prolonged standing – standing for longer periods will lead to an increase in pressure around the heel area. This can increase the chance of getting callus. Thick callus on the heel can lead to cracking.

Climate – changes in climate can lead to an increased chance of the skin drying out leading to an increased risk of cracking

Footwear – Open backed and poorly fitting footwear will increase the chances of a callus build up in the heel

 

Treatment

Chiropody

Footwear

 

Woman Receiving Chiropody

Chiropody

A thorough examination of the foot and lower limb. Treatments will include reduction of corns and callus, verruca treatments and management of ingrown toenails.

 

Products

Creams – cracked heel creams

Tom Cooper

Managing Director & HCPC Registered Podiatrist

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