Winter months can bring about drier air, even in a fairly humid Austin, TX. Dry air can rob your skin of the ability to properly moisturize itself and this may lead to issues like cracked skin and fissures on your feet. There are other factors besides dry air that can cause such issues, including psoriasis, obesity, diabetes, and open-back shoes and sandals. Regardless as to the root cause, the good news is that there is treatment for heel fissures.
If your heel is callused, the callus needs to be removed before the heel fissures can be handled. In this situation, do not attempt to take care of the callus yourself. Doing so could potentially lead to infection and foot complications that you do not need. Instead, make an appointment with Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists and let one of our experts debride it for you.
When fissures have already become infected, we are able to treat it as well and restore your foot to a normal, healthy condition. Treatment may begin with topical ointment applied twice daily and may advance into oral medication for infections that are more severe.
Avoid the temptation to soak fissured feet in Epsom salt or boric acid because these treatments will likely make matters worse. Salts will only serve to further dry out the skin. A better approach is to let the experts at our practice handle it for you.
As is often the case, prevention is the best treatment for heel fissures. Preventative measures include rubbing a moisturizing cream into your heels, using heel balms, and inspecting your feet every day. A pumice stone will remove thick skin that builds up and allow for moisturizer or balm to better penetrate the heel.
When preventative measures fail, make an appointment to see either Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Call (512) 328-8900 or book an appointment online now.
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