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Podiatrist, Foot Doctor James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P located in The Woodlands, TX 77384 and Woodville, TX 75979 area

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Dealing With Heel Fissures

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

A heel fissure develops when the skin on your feet is so dry that cracks begin to form on the heels. The cracked skin also may become flakey and crusty and can develop into brown or yellow calluses caused by pressure on the back of the heels when you stand or walk. Although the cracks may at first be shallow, in some cases they deepen into heel fissures and cause pain and bleeding. The best way to deal with dry skin on the heels is to gently remove the dry skin with a pumice stone after a bath or shower and follow up with emollient cream to keep the heels moisturized. If cracked heels are left untreated, they can lead to infection, and the skin may form ulcers. A podiatrist can safely debride the dead skin and treat the affected area with antifungal and antibacterial medication to ward off any infection. Special orthotics can be inserted into your shoes with heel cups that help to keep the skin from cracking. For more information, or to have painful heel fissures treated, please make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in The Woodlands and Woodville, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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