How do Podiatrists treat dry and cracked heels?

Cracked heels can be unsightly and painful to manage. Podiatrists may treat cracked heels using a variety of methods depending on the severity of the condition. Here are some common treatments that podiatrists may recommend:

  1. Moisturising creams: a thick moisturising cream helps to keep the skin on the heels hydrated and prevent further cracking. Creams using additional ingredients like urea can decrease the rate of regrowth too. It’s important to apply the cream regularly, especially after bathing or showering.
  2. Scalpel debridement: Podiatrists may use a scalpel to remove the dead skin from the heel. This allows them to remove thick or deep cracks. This can help smooth the skin and reduce the risk of further cracking.
  3. Foot soaks: Soaking the feet in warm water can help soften the skin and make it easier to remove dead skin with a something like a pumice stone. Adding Epsom salts or essential oils to the foot soak can also help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.
  4. Custom orthotics: If cracked heels are caused by an underlying foot condition such as flat feet or high arches, podiatrists may recommend custom orthotics to help correct the problem and prevent further damage to the skin.
  5. Medications: In some cases, podiatrists may prescribe topical or oral medications to treat cracked heels. These may include antibiotics for infections or topical steroids to reduce inflammation.

It’s important to seek treatment from a podiatrist if you have severely cracked heels, as this can lead to pain, infection, and other complications. Your podiatrist can assess your condition and recommend the best course of treatment for your individual needs.

If you are concerned about unsightly cracked heels call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to see one of our podiatrists.