Cracked Dry Heels
Cracked heels can be painful and look quite unpleasant and embarrassing especially in the summer when feet are in more revealing footwear. If heels are slightly cracked then they can be treated at the comfort of your home in a short amount of time or visit a Podiatrist who can take off the dead skin for you. This will leave the feet feeling soft and smooth.
When the skin on the heels begins to split and crack then cracked heels are formed. When the skin on the heels has thickened or become very dry then this causes it to split. Dry and thickened skin loses elasticity and is less supple. Walking puts pressure on the heels then cracks are created. Walking on cracked heels can lead to bleeding and can be very painful. This can be worse for people who have a large fatty pad under their feet as the skin needs more elasticity when walking to be able to stretch without cracking. Being overweight, pregnant or standing for a long time, all can add more pressure on the heels.
What are the causes of cracked heels?
There are many causes of cracked heels. Below is a list of some of these causes:-
What are the medical reasons for cracked heels?
There are many medical conditions that dry out the skin. Some of these are:
Cracked heels or calluses in the elderly should be checked out by a Podiatrist as these symptoms could be from an increase in pressure and maybe a sign of an ulcer or a bedsore. A Podiatrist will recommend the best treatment required.
How would our Podiatrist treat cracked heels?
Our Podiatrist will remove dead skin which will leave you with smooth heels. After an assessment, a podiatrist will be able to work out what may be causing your feet to dry out. Once the cause is known then the podiatrist can treat that cause. They can also advise you on the best types of cream for you to use that are suitable for your skin type. Also they can advise you on how to look after your feet and prevent getting cracked heels.
We offer an amazing warm wax treatment for dry cracked heels. Paraffin wax heat therapy increases blood flow, tolerance for pain, relaxes muscles and increases hydration in the skin. Intended to moisturise and soften the skin while providing a therapeutic and healing effect to sore and aching joints. Making it particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and rheumatic pain.
How Does it Work
We firstly carefully reduce any hard skin using a scalpel, this is a painless procedure. The application of the wax will take around 10 -15 minutes to complete. The ORB uses single, hygienic wax pods and a soft brush to apply the therapeutic warm wax giving a luxurious & relaxing experience. Then your feet will be encased in a cling film style bootie. The wax is then left for around 10-15 minutes until set. After this time, the wax will be peeled off and a luxury moisturizing foot massage will be carried out using a hydrating moisturizing foot cream leaving you relaxed and your feet silky smooth. We may also recommend an appropriate foot cream based on our examination of your feet.
Home treatments for cracked heels
Some tips for treating cracked heels at home.
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