COMPEED®Cracked Heel

Watch our informative advice videos, with a qualified podiatrist, on treatment and prevention of Cracked Heel
Symptoms

Beverley Ashdown, Podiatrist, S.R.Ch., M.Ch.S., M.Pod.A., D.Pod.M., H.P.C has received a gratuity from the makers of COMPEED® for her advice and contribution to the making of this video. If you are concerned about the health of your feet you should contact your GP or a registered podiatrist. Diabetics: consult with your doctor before use.

Symptoms

Sometimes called fissures, cracks around the heels not only look unpleasant but they can also be incredibly painful. They begin as seemingly harmless white folds around the back of the heels, generally because the skin is too dry, but if left untreated the cracks can split open and become gaping crevices that bleed. Once they have reached this stage it becomes virtually impossible to take weight on the heel without considerable discomfort, as the skin edges are pulled apart by the increased tension on the skin. These deep wounds can become infected.

Treatment

As soon as the heel area becomes dry it is more likely to split. Early moisturising treatment would ‘nip these cracks in the bud’. Use a urea based cream, ideally at least twice a day. Products such as COMPEED® overnight cracked heel cream can be used during the day and are especially good when applied before bedtime. If the skin is cracked, you can apply a hydrocolloid dressing such as COMPEED®, which would protect further and encourage the crack to heal. If they become infected or too painful seek the help of a registered podiatrist.

Prevention

You are more likely to develop fissures if you continuously wear backless shoes or flip flops, so these should only be worn intermittently. If this does not suit your lifestyle try to stop the cracks developing by using moisturising products such as COMPEED® Overnight Cracked heel cream twice daily.