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Treatment for cracked heel - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   yes i have dry cracked feet, and it recenctly turned discolored, from a light yellow to a darker almost purplish color. what should i do?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hello
Doctor :   is the crack in the sloe alone ?
User :   so i have had dry feet around the heel for awhile now, especially since it turned cold. i recently started putting some lotion on my right food as it was getting bad, and over 2 days it discolored into this purplish
User :   some sole, mostly to the right of the heel
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   Re they painful ?
Doctor :   Are*
User :   not particularly
User :   they have always been slightly itchy, but it is no different now than it was before it became discolored
User :   the rapid discloration is what alarmed me the most, but otherwise there is negligible pain
Doctor :   the cracks are getting infected with fungus i suspect
Doctor :   Do you apply any mosturizer ?
User :   until 2 days ago, I never applied moisturizer to my feet
User :   i decided to use a cream 2 days ago and that is when the rapid discoloration started happening
Doctor :   ok, here it is you have to moisturize the cracks and peel off the excess skin so that the cracks depths are accessible to the antifungal oint MICANAZOLE oint
User :   ok so i peel off the skin, and then apply the MICANAZOLE ointment?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   how often do i apply the ointment?
Doctor :   Apply a moisturizer before bed at night.
Trap the moisture in the skin of feet overnight by wearing a special sock that prevents the moisture from evaporating.
Remove the excess thick skin.and in the morning apply the Micanbazole oint into the cracks
User :   what is a good moisturizer? is vaseline fine?
Doctor :   you can use a spatula like applicator
Doctor :   Kerasal Professional Exfoliating Moisturizing Foot Ointment is the best one , if vasline then use the lotion than the regular petroleum gelly
User :   OK, and how quickly should i see a visual change after i start applying the ointment?
Doctor :   by 3 days on minimum
User :   ok will try this then. thank you very much for your help dr raju
Doctor :   Wearing a sock al the time is must
User :   I see. I will do that
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   I will do. thank you
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
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