What are they and what are the symptoms?
Cracked heels are areas of hard thickened skin that develop when the skin is exposed to excessive pressure or friction. The hard thickened skin is known as callus.
What are the causes?
This callus can also develop due to the way a person weight bears as they walk. Shoes that are open such as sandals and thin soled shoes can also impact upon the symptoms and make them worse for the affected individual. Some sports can also impact such as judo and karate where the person is barefoot for long periods with direct pressure with the ground.
What is the treatment?
Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a full foot health assessment and a treatment plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements. The callus will be debrided and filed to reduce the hard skin. Appropriate specialist ointments to soften the skin and repair and promote healing of the damaged tissue will need to be applied. If the cracks are deep or there is a risk of infection then appropriate antiseptic ointments are used in the treatments.
These should never be treated at home with razors or scissors, professional assistance must always be sought.
Assessment and treatment
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.