Dealing With Cracked Heels

The cracked skin that you can get at the back of the heels can be a painful problem if it is allowed to progress. This problem occurs when the skin around the backs of the heel is dryer and thicker than it should ordinarily be. As the callus builds up to make that dry thicker skin, it just cracks since it is not very supple or adaptable. The split that happens in the thicker skin, then attempts to tear or rip the normal skin below it. In the most severe cases, this becomes painful, could bleed and become a portal for an infection, so does need to be given serious attention. The reason for these cracked heels isn't entirely clear. Some people just tend to have a dryer skin and some people, because of the way which they walk tend to build up the callus around the edges of the heel. Being overweight can be another risk factor for this. Shoes that are open at the back are also thought to play a role in this problem.

The easiest method to deal with the cracked heels is to find an expert foot doctor to eliminate the thicker hard skin and then use an cream to soften the rest of the skin. You could try and get rid of that skin yourself with something similar to a pumice stone or file, but that is a lot of effort and needs to be carried out a lot. The emollient lotion used after this should be applied on regularly to keep the skin well hydrated and flexible. There quite a bit of opinion of what is the perfect lotion or emollient to use is and the best answer is the one which matches your skin. Some experimentation may be required to find the best one. For cracked heels most podiatrists would advocate starting with a urea based ointment.

What is the PediRoller used for?

The foot is a common location to get pain since it is the part of the body that we walk on, so its put through a lot of load walking and running on it. In addition we also place the foot in to the unnatural environment of a shoe, which is not really healthy or natural. When foot pain develops, there are plenty of different occupations and treatment methods that may be consulted and used to handle the pain. Every diverse profession tends to put the focus on unique therapy methods. For example, Podiatrists may very well approach foot pain differently to a physiotherapist.

Massage is among the many different physiotherapy techniques that may be applied to help with foot pain. Afterall, who does not feel better following a foot massage. There are a number of products on the market which are helpful for helping with a massage or providing a massage like affect. One of those is a item created by a Podiatric doctor named the PediRoller. To work with this device, the information state to place it on the ground and move the foot from heel to toes and back again over the roller. I would recommend that those with foot pain do this for 3 to 5 minutes every day or two times a day. The roller is designed for conditions like plantar fasciitis and heel pain because it can be used to stretch out the ligaments under the feet that are commonly impaired in those sorts of problems. An additional advantage of the PediRoller would it be may be put in a refrigerator to make it cold. Making use of it when frozen provides the extra advantage of having a similar affect as using ice. The cold from ice is extremely valuable at decreasing both inflammation and pain and may help just about any kind of foot injury in the early stages.


What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatry is that health occupation which is concerned with the management of disorders of the feet and related problems. The foot is such a complicated body part with so many bones, muscles, ligaments which all get subjected to all the stresses from running and walking. In addition to that, the foot also gets forced into the dark and damp climate of the shoe that it needs a whole profession dedicated to the problems with it. The issues can range from trivial skin disorders such as claw toes to musculoskeletal problems such as plantar fasciitis to broken bones.

The specific scope of practice of a podiatrist will be different from country to country with some countries like the USA where they have full surgical and medical privileges to treat the conditions of the foot to some countries in Europe where they can only use minimal strategies to treat superficial conditions of the skin and nails. The training necessary to be a podiatrist is very different between countries. In the USA, first you need an undergraduate degree, then a 4 year post graduate podiatry degree and then a 2-3 year residency. In some places in Europe, its only a community college one year undergraduate diploma. What a podiatrist is capable of doing is dictated by the extent of the education and the legislation.

Podiatrists are able to use a wide range of different strategies to treat problems of the foot. This may range from a simple scraping of skin disorders to foot orthotics for musculoskeletal conditions to reconstructive surgery for fractures. What exactly is used will depend on the above scope of practice and education that the podiatrist has had. Many podiatrists will also have various special interests such a rheumatology or orthopaedics and they will often be found working in multidisciplinary groups working in those areas. Probably the best contribution that podiatrists help to make to the medical care system is in areas like diabetes where good foot care and the management of foot problems bring about substantial saving to the health system in the prevention of amputations.