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What are cracked heels?

Cracked heels usually occur in adults especially those who wear open backed shoes or no shoes in hot/dry climates. In the older adult the skin does not moisturise itself as well as it did when it was younger and therefore becomes more prone to damage (mechanical and otherwise).

What can cause cracked heels?

  • Wearing no shoes for extended periods of time especially in hot/dry climates (like the Mildura / Sunraysia area)
  • Dry skin on the feet either due to a co-existing medical problem or just as a natural part of getting older

What are the signs and symptoms of cracked heels?

  • Pain and tenderness on walking
  • Visible cracks/fissures in heels (sometimes they can look dark, dirty and unsightly)
  • Redness and/or Bleeding around the heels (with or without associated pus)

What are the treatment options for cracked heels?

  • Regular self treatment using a foot file and heel balm
  • Debridement by a Podiatrist
  • Medical grade tissue glue (Histoacryl) used by a Podiatrist
  • Avoid going bare feet for extended periods especially in hot/dry climates (like Mildura!)
  • Application of an Emollient heel balm

What you think is cracked heels may be something else more serious, so if you are unsure please make an appointment to see us at Irymple Foot Clinic!

To make an appointment with one of our fully qualified, registered and experienced Podiatrists call us on 50246333 or Email us today.




Are you after a river change? Mildura is an inland city in Northern Victoria with a population of over 60,000 people on the great Murray River, border of Victoria and New South Wales. Irymple Foot Clinic is looking for a fully qualified Podiatrist to start in January 2018 for 2-3 days per week to join a dynamic team of Podiatrists and Podiatry Assistants. We use Front-Desk practice management system and have accommodation available if required for successful applicant. New graduates welcome to apply.
All areas of podiatry are covered, including:
• General foot and nail care
• Diabetic Foot Care Assessments
• Diagnosis and treatment of lower limb complications /Biomechanical Assessments
• Orthotic Prescription
• Paediatric Assessments
• Footwear Assessments
• Nail Surgery
• High Risk Foot / Wound Care
Podiatrists with all levels of experience are welcome to apply. Previous experience in private practice and the ability to work independently is highly advantageous. Dry Needling / Acupuncture for Podiatrists training would also be helpful. The successful applicant will need to have:
• Full registration with AHPRA
• Honesty, Integrity and a great Work Ethic
• Ability to work independently and as part of a close team
• Great communication and computer skills
• Empathy and Cultural Awareness
For all enquiries, please: Contact: Tracey Meyer Phone: 0458176823; 0350246333 or Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date is 23rd Nov 2017.