As the summer starts and the weather heats up our first instinct is to throw off the enclosed shoes and put on a pair of sandals. However dry, thickened skin and cracked heels can make us think twice. Thick, cracked heel callous is not only unsightly, but if the cracks are deep enough they can often cause localised infection.
The cracks form because the heel takes more than its fair share of pressure in walking. This causes the skin of the heel to react by thickening. When this skin dries out it cracks.
This skin dries out due to exposure to air. As the temperature increases our skin is protected less by shoes and socks. This causes dryness and sometimes cracks as well!
If the cracks are neglected for long enough they will split through the dead outer layer of the skin through to the living skin. This is very painful and also increases the risk of infection.
Fortunately there is a solution. With regular debridement (with a scalpel), your local podiatrist will be able to restore your heels to their former glory. 10-15% urea moisturiser as you wake up each morning is also recommended to keep your heels supple.
If you suffer from dry, thickened or cracked heels please call the clinic today on (07) 3823 5423 today.