Cracked Heels

by admin on May 1, 2011

Cracked heels (heel fissures) are common in those who have dry hyperkeratotic skin around the periphery of the heel. Other important risk factors for cracked heels are being overweight and not wearing closed in shoes. This allows the fat pad under the heel to spread out and put a stress on and cause the cracked heels. The only satisfactory treatment for cracked heels is the regular debridement of the hyperkeratotic skin and the regular use of emollients. The wearing of closed in shoes is important to help keep the fat pad under the foot and prevent the cracked heel from occurring. When cracked heels occur, it is important that the nard dry skin is removed, so the viable skin below can heal and steps taken to prevent the wound from becoming infected.

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