Dry Or Cracked Skin Conditions.
Dry Cracked heels
Dry, cracked skin on the heels, occurs when the skin thickens (calluses) and fissuring (cracking on the bottom of the heel) occurs. Anyone can develop cracked heels but you are more prone to this if you walk barefoot, or wear shoes that expose their heels .There presentation can be mild or become a more serious problem causing significant pain if left untreated.Cracked Heel Symptoms
The most common symptoms associated with cracked heels are:
Diagnosing Cracked Heels
Our podiatrist will check for cracked heels or deep long cracks known as fissures, as well as any signs infections or diseases.
What Causes Cracked Heels?
There are many different causes of cracked heels. Some are more common than others:
Treatment plans are often dictated by the severity and cause of the cracked heels. Initial treatment is often focused preventing the cracked skin or fissures, which are vulnerable to infection. Treating cracked heels is easiest before the cracks become deep, painful, and bloody. Treatment options for cracked heels include:
Moisturizers may also be suggested to hydrate the skin. Topical antibiotics or antifungals may also be required if your condition is more serious.At First Step Clinic we recommend you have your condition evaluated by our podiatrist to create an appropriate treatment plan .