Cracked heels bothering you? We can help

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

By: Femi Cole


Strolling along the beach, city deck, river walk or into the office in sandals doesn’t have to be an exercise in avoiding everyone staring at your cracked heels.


There are remedies that can help keep those cracked heels in check.


“Cracked heels are often the result of excess tissue or keratoderma that can arise as a result of excess dryness, genetic susceptibility, and/or the body’s innate response to trauma in much the same way a callus forms,” says Nick Grimm, a physician assistant with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic in Green Bay. He provides dermatology services.


“When the skin becomes too thick, it can fissure or crack, bleed, and is generally, at the very least, uncomfortable and can be unsightly.”


There is help for cracked heels.


“Sometimes we can remove the excess tissue in clinic,” Grimm says. “Often, people will use over-the-counter tools to pare the tissue back themselves, for example, a foot file like the Ped Egg. After the excess tissue has been removed or in the process of removing the excess tissue we will administer medications called keratolytics. These are medications that soften the keratin contributing to the thickening of the skin.”


These treatments, in addition to good moisturization and foot care, should leave your feet and heels feeling less cracked, Grimm says. That, in turn, leaves you feeling more confident about going out in sandals or bare feet.


Nick Grimm, PA-C, sees patients at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic in Green Bay, Marinette and Sturgeon Bay. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8240 in Green Bay or do so online.

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