Cracked heels? Find Your ‘Summer’ Feet

Unsightly cracks, also known as fissures, can often develop on the heel of the foot.  This is an extremely common foot complaint but one which is often ignored.  If the fissure is deep it can be painful and prone to infections.

Cracked heels are most common in people who suffer from:

  • Diabetes
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • Thyroid problems

However, you may also be susceptible to cracked heels if you are overweight, spend a lot of time on your feet, often wear open shoes or regularly walk barefoot on hard surfaces.

Dry skin on the heels has poor elasticity which can cause it to split (or fissure) as you walk.

Most people tend to ignore their dry, cracked heels in the winter … easily done when you can hide them under boots and socks but, with summer just around the corner, they can no longer be hidden.  The time has come for flip flops and sandals; time to expose your feet by the pool side or at summer functions!  So, here are some handy tips to help you prevent cracked heels and have fabulous looking feet:

  • Wash feet with warm soapy water, dry them well and use a paddle file to smooth all the rough dry skin
  • If the skin is very dry, thick, cracked or inflamed (and possibly painful) we would recommend that you see a Podiatrist
  • Once smooth, apply a thick layer of UREA based emollient to the heels (ask your Pharmacist to recommend a good one).
  • Place your foot into a thin plastic bag and place your socks over the bag.  Leave this on for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the bag and massage in any residual cream.

Initially, do this daily for a week, then once a week thereafter. Your feet should soon be feeling smooth and ready for summer.

Baljit Brar, our Podiatrist at Teddington Osteopaths, is happy to guide you through the process and to offer advice on any other foot related problems.

While stocks last, Baljit will be giving away a free deep moisturising foot pack to all her new patients so make your appointment now.

Look after your feet, call us today on 020 8977 3295.


 

 

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