Cracked Heels 101
Why did I create a page about cracked heels? Sometimes I have asked myself that many times.
Cracked heels, or fissuring as it is sometimes called, is a condition that is sometimes overlooked by many.
Your skin becomes cracked, usually around the heels but your skin can crack on other parts of the foot.
Unfortunately what cracking does is that it stops the greatest defense system from working effectively. Your skin is great in stopping anything from getting at your internal workings. And if broke, that system can fail.
Cracking of the skin states that there is a problem. Your skin should not crack readily, so cracking is an indication that there could be lack of moisture making the skin dry and inelastic, or it could suggest that there is too much pressure going through or coming into contact with that specific area.
When most people have a crack, they tend to leave it. Unfortunately this is not what is supposed to happen. This cracking is an alert system- your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong.
So most people continue to walk on that crack and eventually through different processes that crack can make the skin underneath bleed.
Bleeding states that the skin has been breached and now organisms can invade and it is not uncommon for a bacterial infection to develop into that area.
But this is just cracked heels, right?
We tend to only find patients with their heels cracked when they are at a state where they are painful and they bleed.
But we don’t want that to happen. Cracked heels are a good foot condition because they can be treated readily, at home with very little inconvenience. But like most treatment methods they need to be treated regularly.
As always most of the treatment methods that are available only really work when the fissuring is mild. When fissures become more severe then usually trained professional care is needed. The aim of the professional is to get the foot back to a normal situation. This is turn would get you back to a place where you/ member of your family can take care of your own foot problem.
This in itself does 3 things:
1- Makes the time between return appointments to professionals increase- saving you time and money.
2- Empowering you to take care of your own feet and health.
3- Allows you to identify with your own feet, to “get to know them” and to ultimately train yourself into what is a normal state for your feet.
I believe that the third point is lacking in many people’s minds because they rarely look/ check their own feet.
We have found in many situations where prophylaxis- treatment before the problem exists, is held in paramount, the number of serious complaints reduces.
If a patient identifies with their own feet and knows when a problem is likely to exist then they are far better to catch that problem before it becomes serious.
Cracked heels follow the exact same pattern. Patients who follow the following advice tend to look at their feet a whole lot more. They look more closely, they know what to look out for. And ultimately they are empowered in their own foot care- asking questions when needed and getting help before a serious problem occurs.
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Additional problems associated with cracks in your skin?