Cracked heels are quite a common condition, particularly in the summer months and in warmer climates. Although no more serious than hard skin in the initial stages, they can become quite painful and lead to more serious conditions if not treated promptly.
Cracked heels develop as a result of the dry and hard skin at the edges of the heel being placed under stress.
Normally hydrated skin is supple and elastic and will flex when put under pressure.
Dry and hard skin has reduced flexibility and is less able to bear stress and weight during standing and walking.
If left untreated infections may occur.
Although no more serious than hard skin in the initial stages, they can become quite painful. Typical signs are splits and cracks in the skin of the heel. Other signs of dehydration are discolouration of the skin (usually yellow or off-white) and the build up of areas of dead skin on the outer edges of the heel.
Use a specific cracked heel cream such as Cracked Heel Repair Cream, which has been clinically proven to give visible improvements in 3 days and repairing the skin with continued use.
Exfoliate feet regularly using scrubs or files.
Moisturise your feet on a daily basis to keep hydrated and supple.
Wear well-fitting shoes appropriate to the situation you are in and avoid high-heeled shoes.
Only use exfoliating products once cracks have completely healed.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist or healthcare assistant for advice or if you have an underlying medical condition, are taking any other medication or complementary therapy, or if symptoms persist.
Also seek advice on footcare if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from diabetes or allergies