Cracked heels? NO MORE…!
Drysdale Podiatrist, Patrick Oughtred explains
Cracked heels or “fissures” are the bane of our lives especially when the weather starts to warm up and we want to we open heeled shoes. Fissures affect nearly everybody, and often can be quite painful, as well as being aesthetically unappealing.
Cracked heels are the symptom of very dry skin, that can penetrate all the way down through the epidermis. The best way to describe it, is as if a creek dries up and the mud on the creek bed, starts to crack, the longer it is exposed without water, the deeper the cracks go, this is the same as the skin.
There are plenty of options available today to ensure you do not develop fissures, or that you are minimising the risk of them developing; but which way is the right way?
Here are my 5 top tips for preventing cracked heels:
1. Drink plenty of water
Water is essential for the body to maintain optimal health, often dry skin can be a sign of dehydration. According to current literature, water intake should be at the minimum 2.6L for men, and 2.1L for women per day. This can be increased depending on your usual day to day activities/exercise.
2. Moisturise regularly
Low water intake/dehydration may not be the only reason that your feet are dry. Certain systemic medical conditions can affect hydration levels of the skin. Therefore using a specific foot moisturiser; like Akileine Cream or Walkers foot cream, is very effective at adding moisture to the skin therefore reducing the risk of fissures developing.
3. Use a pumice stone or emery board
Callous is a natural response within the skin to help strengthen itself up, and will occur at sites of increased loading, frictional, and shearing forces. This type of skin is naturally devoid of moisture, so it is a common site for fissures to develop. Using a pumice stone/emery board to reduce the development of callous aids then at reducing your risk of fissures.
4. Medication check
Medications have a varying effect on the body, and therefore possible side effects, may include dryness of the skin. If you think this is the case, then have a talk with your General Practitioner or Pharmacist.
5. See a Podiatrist
A pumice stone/emery board is effective at preventing fissures from developing, but if a fissure is already present then you’ll need to see a Podiatrist. The Podiatrist will be able to reduce the depth of the fissure so that it does not keeping returning. They will be able to provide you with an individualised management plan to further prevent any cracks from developing.
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me on the address below or make an appointment with me or any of the team members on 1300 937 573.