Cracked Heels Treatment in Adelaide
When the skin around your heels becomes dry, it leads to a condition known as cracked heels. Almost 25 percent of Australians developed cracked heels at some point. Though it affects adults and children, it has been seen that women are more often affected than men.
Painful cracked heels are a common sign during an Australian summer. Even cold, winter weather attributes to the condition. Though in most cases, the condition is not much to worry about, it does cause discomfort and pain when you walk barefoot. In certain cases, cracked heels or ‘fissures’ tend to go deep and lead to pain, which requires medical help.
Symptoms of Cracked Heels
Cracked heel develop in stages, the first stage is the appearance of dry, hardened skin called calluses. When more pressure is applied on the area due to walking or other such activity, cracks begin to develop in the area. The physical appearance of dried and cracked skin on the heel area is the most obvious sign of a ‘cracked heel’. There are also other associated signs and symptoms like:
- Scaly skin
- Itching in the area
- Discomfort while standing and/or walking.
- Pain and bleeding from the cracks
- Swelling, warmth and redness in the area, which hints at infection.
Causes of Cracked Heel
Here are the cause for cracked heel:
Be it walking barefoot under the warm sun, or dry winter, both play their parts in getting cracked heels.
Reduced sebum (natural, oily substance) production and accumulation of damage from sun over the years can lead to cracked heels.
Prolonged hot showers:
It has been seen that taking long showers for an extended period of time can cause cracking in the heel area.
Lack of applying a moisturizer on the skin can also cracked heels.
Dry skin on and around the heels that cause cracking in the area, due to the onset of atopic dermatitis or eczema.
Being obese can also lead to cracked heel.
One of the common underlying conditions that cause cracked heel is diabetes.
Treatment for Cracked Heel
If your cracked heel cause discomfort, cause pain and/or look unsightly and do not go away even after applying an over-the-counter foot moisturizer or lotion, then it means you need medical intervention. Our team of podiatrists will give you the best medical help to resolve your condition of cracked heel as well as fungal nails.
We examine your cracked heel, take a close note of associated symptoms, find out the exact cause and work on personalized treatment for your condition. If these left untreated it may lead into orthotics. The treatment can vary from removing calluses using a specialized scalpel blade, to prescribing a dermatologically approved lotion for treatment and skin nourishment, suggesting appropriate footwear, and/or treating underlying conditions, if any.
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If your cracked heel continue to give you trouble and a foot lotion doesn’t help, please get in touch with us. Make your heels soft, firm, and crack-free again by clicking on this link to book an appointment with one of our experts.