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Cracked Heels

Cracked heels, also known as fissures, can be a nuisance but can occasionally lead to more serious problems if left untreated.

  1. Cracked heels are of particular concern if you have diabetes, as the fissures may lead to foot ulcers.

  2. In severe cases, cracked heels can become infected and lead to cellulitis. This needs urgent medical attention.

  3. See your pharmacist or doctor if you have severely cracked heels or if no improvement is seen after a week of self-treatment.

How to treat:

Treat cracked heels by giving your feet a little more attention, beginning with moisturising them at least twice a day.

Give your heels extra attention before going to bed: Soak your feet for about 10 minutes in plain or soapy water and pat dry. Then gently rub your heels with a loofah or foot scrubber to help remove dead skin. Apply a heavy, oil-based cream then slip on a pair of thin cotton socks at bedtime to help the moisturizer work.

Dermal Therapy Heel Balm is enhanced with 25% urea, which binds water and retains moisture, providing intense hydration of the skin and loosening flaky layers. Plus, it promotes regeneration of the epidermal barrier, which means smoother heels and softer skin, also suitable for people living with diabetic anhidrosis.


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