When it comes to taking care of your feet, Brandon Podiatrist Rajnish Manohar has a lot of good tips and tricks. When cracked heels are giving you a hard time when you’re walking, it might be time to take better care of them. You can learn a few preventative maintenance tips from Dr. Manohar. Visit our Brandon location today for some truly Gentle Foot Care.
Carefully rubbing thickened skin with a pumice stone
Gently rubbing a pumice stone against the heel, once the skin is moisturized, might help reduce the thickness of the difficult skin and calluses. Pumice stones are available at mostly any grocery or department store.
Using an occlusive moisturizer over the top
When the emollient or humectant is taken in, individuals can use a thick layer of an occlusive moisturizer over the top prior to bed to seal the wetness in.
Occlusive moisturizers coat the skin in a thin sheet that prevents wetness vaporizing from the outermost layer of the skin.
Examples of occlusive moisturizers include:
- petroleum jelly
- mineral oil
- silicones, such as dimethicone
- Petroleum jelly is thought about to be the most reliable occlusive moisturizer, minimizing water loss from the outer skin by more than 98 percent.
Although occlusives work well to secure moisture, they can be oily, sticky, and messy.
Utilizing a liquid bandage
Liquid, gel, or spray bandages can be used to cover the cracked skin. These may offer a protective layer over the cracks, help reduce pain, stop dirt and bacteria entering the injuries, and aid quicker recovery.
People ought to see Dr. Manohar if their heels are significantly cracked, or if self-treatment does not improve cracked heels after a week.
Wearing One Hundred Percent cotton socks to bed
Wearing One Hundred Percent cotton socks to bed after using petroleum jelly to the heel may help to:
- keep the wetness in
- allow the heel skin to breathe
- avoid the bed sheets from becoming stained
- The skin on the heels need to soften after this regimen is repeated for a few days.
Using a keratolytic to thickened skin
When the heel skin is thick, using a keratolytic might help thin it, as well as the other treatments.
Keratolytics are helpers that thin thickened skin, cause the external skin layer to loosen, and assist with removal of dead skin cells. This process enables the skin to keep in more wetness.
Examples of keratolytics consist of:
- alpha hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid and glycolic acid
- salicylic acid
Products that contain both keratolytics and humectants might be the most useful. For example, urea is both a keratolytic and humectant that hydrates and eliminates dry, cracked, and thickened skin.
Utilizing an emollient or humectant moisturizer
Emollients penetrate the skin and minimize water loss. They fill the gaps in between skin flakes, that makes the skin feel smooth, soft, and versatile. They help to decrease water loss in the skin.
Humectants penetrate the external skin layer, draw in water from the air, and preserve wetness. They also assist to increase the water capability of the skin.
In dry conditions, humectants may draw wetness from the lower skin layers instead of from the atmosphere. This may lead to more dehydrated skin overall. Combining a humectant with an occlusive may help seal in moisture.
Brandon Podiatrist Rajnish Manohar suggests these medical treatments
In extreme cases of cracked heels, or if healthcare is required, Dr. Manohar may:
- suggest shoe inserts, heel pads, or heel cups
- get rid of dead skin
- teach you a change in how you walk
- prescribe more powerful softening or removal agents
- prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection
- strap the heel with dressings or plasters
- apply medical glue to seal cracks
Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.