Why do heels crack?
Cracked heels are caused by cracking or splitting of the skin – this may be due to dryness or callus build up which splits when under pressure.
When skin become thickened or dry, it loses its elasticity and becomes less supple. When day to day pressures are placed on the heel from activities such as walking, it can cause the skin to split which can be painful. Additionally, there are many medical conditions that can cause dryness of the heels such as diabetes, psoriasis, lichen planus, heart disease any many more.
How can I get rid of this?
With some minor cracks or dryness to your heels you should be able to treat this at home but for the best results and especially more extensive cracking, seeing a Podiatrist is your best option.
The Podiatrist will be able to provide a diagnosis of any underlying medical condition which may have be causing the cracked heels. They will also remove any dry or thickened skin in a quick and easy manor. By seeing a Podiatrist to get this excess skin removed, this will then make it much more manageable to treat at home in between podiatry appointments through filing regularly; around 3 times a week and creaming daily with a urea based cream.
If you would like to see one of our Podiatrists, you can book an appointment online or give us a call on 01380 730473