What causes cracked heels?
Many people suffer from cracked heels which can be painful if left untreated. Cracked heels or heel fissures are caused by standing too long, wearing ill-fitting shoes, dry skin, going barefoot or wearing open heeled sandals, having flat feet, diabetes, neuropathy or psoriasis. When weight and pressure are applied to the foot when standing, walking and exercising, the plump pad under the heel, pushes outwards and puts pressure on the skin. If the skin is dry and lacking in moisture, it becomes stiff and less elastic so the skin can crack and develop fissures in the heels.
How to treat cracked heels
Selfcare is important and cracked heels can be prevented or at least minimised. An emollient heel balm containing Urea like Kroko Heel Balm can be used treat cracked heels. Emollient creams penetrate the skin and reduce water loss filling the gaps in the skin which makes skin feel smooth, soft, and flexible. Alternately, a liquid plaster like Kroko SkinFilm can be painted over the cracks to hygienically seal them and allow healing.
Kroko Heel Balm gently softens and hydrates rough, dry and cracked heels (and elbows) leaving skin smooth and soft.
Directions for use:
- Soften the heels by bathing in hot water to remove flaking skin. If there is very thick callused skin on the heel buff this with soap and a pumice stone to remove excess dry skin. Note try to keep baths and shower to 5 minutes to prevent skin drying out.
- Dry feet thoroughly.
- Rub Kroko heel balm into heels thoroughly morning and evening.
- For even better results, after applying cream in the evening cover with socks while sleeping to lock in the moisture.
Kroko SkinFilm is a clear liquid plaster which can be painted over skin fissures to help them heel, preventing them drying out further. SkinFilm creates a hygienic, flexible, moisture and dustproof barrier without the bulkiness of a plaster which allows natural healing to take place. SkinFilm must not be used on open wounds which are infected or inflamed.
Directions for use:
- Clean minor wounds and scratches thoroughly with a good liquid antiseptic and allow to dry. If using on cracked heels, wash and dry feet thoroughly.
- Apply a thin layer of SkinFilm to cover wound completely using the applicator. SkinFilm dries quickly leaving an invisible, hygienic, flexible dressing allowing natural healing to take place.
- To renew dressing, apply more SkinFilm to the old dressing which will soften and can be gently wiped off using a clean dry swab or lint.
- Renew dressing as needed until healing is complete.