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Flexitol Heel Balm

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Flexitol Heel Balm is a moisturizer used to prevent and treat dry and cracked skin on your feet. Various factors can lead to dry skin on your feet, including cold weather, medical conditions, nutrient deficiency (specifically potassium, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E), wearing shoes that don’t fit, aging, and heredity.

Flexitol Heel Balm is especially useful for people with diabetes. This is because people with diabetes must look after their feet carefully to avoid cuts or damage that can lead to infections. High blood sugar levels caused by poorly controlled diabetes can damage nerves in your feet (peripheral neuropathy), making them less able to feel pain, cold, and heat. As a result, foot problems can go unnoticed. People with diabetes are advised to carefully manage dry and cracked skin to stop complications, and Flexitol Heel Balm is one of the ways to help with this.

How do I use the medication?

You can apply a small amount of Flexitol Heel Balm to your feet once or twice a day or as directed by your doctor. Make sure you wash your hands well before and after use. If you have diabetes, it is best to use the medicine every day to prevent dry and cracked skin from occurring. People with diabetes should check their feet every day; using a daily moisturizing product like Flexitol Heel Balm can help you remember to check your feet regularly.

How does it work?

The medicine contains a combination of ingredients that hydrate and protect the outermost layer of your skin. It acts as an exfoliator, removing dead and scaly skin leading to softer, smoother, and well-nourished skin that is better at providing a protective barrier.

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Who should not use the medication?

Do not use Flexitol Heel Balm if you are allergic to any ingredients. Children under twelve years should not use the medicine. Speak with your doctor before using Flexitol Heel Balm if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Urea can increase the absorption of other creams and ointments into your skin. Speak with your pharmacist if you are using any other medicines on your feet.

Are there any side effects?

Flexitol Heel Balm is unlikely to cause many side effects. Rarely can some people experience blackening of treated areas of skin and allergic reactions such as blistering, skin rash, and skin peeling. Stop using the medicine and speak with your doctor if you are affected by any side effects.

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Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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