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Self Management of Cracked Heels

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Cracked heels that are clinically labeled heel fissures never ever look good, is usually a real hassle but as they can sometimes lead to more serious problems if they are not dealt with you should take them seriously. They are more common in anyone who has dry skin, are overweight and wear footwear that have an open heel. The ideal way to take care of cracked heels is simply giving the feet additional attention by beginning with a moisturizing cream on them at least twice a day to begin with for that dry skin. Once a day after it has improved will probably be sufficient. Seek out skin lotions or ointments that have a thicker consistency. Many of them incorporate skin-softening agents, such as urea and salicylic acid which will help clear away dead skin cells.

If the cracked heels are not helped by that frequent use of the lotion, then see a podiatric doctor. They will likely take away the thicker dead skin after which if you make use of the ointment regularly after that, then that ought to help maintain it in check. You might give your feet a little bit more attention before you go to bed by soaking the feet for about 10 minutes in plain or soapy water. Just after drying the feet after that carefully rub your heels with a foot filer or something similar to help remove the dead skin. Apply a heavier, oil-based cream and then cover with a pair of thin cotton socks or silicone gel heel cup at night to help the moisturizing lotion work. In addition try and address the risk factors for the cracked heels. Losing weight over the long term may help and try and avoid using footwear that are open in the heel region.

Most importantly, you should not neglect the dry cracked heels because you might develop deeper cracks in the dermis which raise your risk of an infection. If the above self care measures don't help, talk with your foot doctor about other treatments you could have.

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