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Severely cracked heels

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by sjones, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. sjones

    sjones New Member


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    I have severely calloused heels,they have started to crack open in multiple places. I am a Physical Therapist so have been treating myself... Recently saw a Podiatrist who referred me to a Dermatologist...? What I find interesting about this is that all of the information I can find regarding treatment for this problem is done by Podiatrist.
     
  2. Unregistered

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    The bottoms of my heels crack a lot during season changes- it could be that they are just dried out and need time to heal and adapt to the new weather?
     
  3. Unregistered

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    These cracks are approx. 1 1/2" long and bleed despite intense moisturizing with prescription cream. Just wondering if anyone else has this severe of a problem? Did you see a Podiatrist or a Dermatologist? Was there any treatment that worked?
     
  4. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

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    There are some specific dermatologic conditions and some systemic diseases which predispose one to dry, cracking and fissured skin of the feet, and they might best be diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist. But podiatrists are frequently called upon to treat common dry, scaly, cracked and fissured feet, most commonly involving the heel. Control of excessive sweating, avoidance of soaks, flip-flops and open back shoes, especially in overweight individuals and the use of ointment based emollients are general precepts of care. Special care needs to be directed toward evaluation and treatment of fissures deep enough to allow for bacterial invasion and infection.
     
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