Re: Severely Cracked Heels!

Heel fissures can be caused by many things- wearing sandals or other backless shoes alot, going barefoot alot, diabetes or other systemic problems, being overweight and poorly fitting shoes.

There are many types of lotions and creams available both over the counter and by prescription. The goal is to rehydrate the skin and keep it that way so it does not crack open again.

After your bath or shower, you can apply vaseline or other heavy cream ( such as Heel Balm to name but one) cover with plastic wrap and wear a sock overnight. This will help drive moisture back into the skin. It should be done repeatedly until improvement is obtained and then as needed for maintenance.

If this does not work, then make an appointment with a podiatrist or dermatologist.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on February 07, 2004 at 20:45:21:

In Reply to: Severely Cracked Heels! posted by Tina on February 05, 2004 at 23:49:39:

The Silipos® Soft Sock™ is a two-layer sock carefully designed with a proprietary gel pad molded in between the two fabric layers at the sole to absorb and reduce friction, abrasion, shear forces, and moisture away from the foot. It is recommended for the diabetic, rheumatoid or insensitive foot.

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