Treatment for Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are one of the more common foot problems and for some people, are nothing more than a minor irritation. But for others, the problem can be much worse, leading to soreness, cracking of the skin and bleeding. This is when a visit to a podiatrist can be a great help to deal with the problem and Cheltenham Podiatry are such an expert.
What causes cracked heels?
Dry skin is something that we suffer with and is often a genetic thing – you are simply born that way. This means that you are more liable to suffer from cracked heels but there are also other factors that make the condition worse. These can include:
- Standing for long periods of time, particularly on hard floors
- Wearing open back shoes
- Some skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema
- Medical conditions leading to dry skin such as an underactive thyroid that reduces sweating
Sometimes you can suffer with cracked heels even if you don’t do any of these things or suffer from any of these conditions – it is simply the way your feet are.
Treating cracked heels
The technical term for the dry skin that leads to cracked heels is xerosis and it is often made worse by callus – this is where the skin around the rim of the heel is thick. The combination lead to cracks, or fissures, that can be painful and can bleed. In the most extreme cases, they can even be infected.
Cracked heels can cause problems in life such as not being able to walk or run, experiencing discomfort when standing and also making you feel embarrassed about your feet. Rather than put up with this, why not get in touch today and book a consultation? We can carry out an assessment and help you overcome this awkward and uncomfortable problem.
We are a local Cheltenham podiatrist’s clinic which has served the local area for many years. From the treatment of cracked heels, foot injuries, corns, athletes foot, ingrowing toe nails, verrucas and painful feet to dealing with posture correction, orthotics and sports injuries. If you need an experienced, qualified foot doctor then we can help.Book an initial consultation today on 01242 514 103 or click the button below to send us an email.