“Heal your cracked heels!”

by | May 13, 2021 | 0 comments

The warm weather is finally here! We are excited, but we also know that it means that our foot care clinic will be busy with patients coming in with cracked heels. While for most people, cracked heels aren’t anything more than a cosmetic concern, the cracks in the heel can become deep causing pain and discomfort. These deep cracks become what we call “fissures”. Any “open portal” through the skin is an invitation for infections, including plantar warts and fungal/bacterial infections. This can lead to further complications to anyone suffering from an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, poor leg circulation, immuno-compromised, etc. 

As your Foot Specialist, here are my recommendations on keeping your feet healthy and happy this summer:

        • Wash and gently exfoliate the dead skin off your feet. Avoid harsh soaps and scented products as they can have a drying effect on the skin.
  • Apply a urea-based moisturizer right after drying your feet to keep the skin hydrated and soft. Urea helps retain moisture into your skin preventing dryness and dehydration which often leads to heel cracks.
  • Ideally, wear footwear that protects your heels, or apply the moisturizer before wearing your sandals for an added protective barrier to your skin.
  • Do not try to treat cracked heels at home with rough or sharp objects, as this can cause injuries and infections.
              • You’re noticing increased pain, redness, itchiness, and/or swelling? See your health care provider asap! Infections = Medical Treatment. Period.

Can’t reach your feet and need a hand? Tried to get rid of the sandpaper feeling off your heels but need a foot care nurse for extra help? Then feel free to book an appointment with me! We use medical and podiatric equipment that are sterile and have been fully autoclaved. The goal is to keep your heels healthy and smooth!

Sarab A. Dormani, RN 

This content was created for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.
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