Dry Skin and Cracked Heels

Dry Skin and Cracked Heels

“My skin is so dry and my heels are so bad that i'm embarrassed to wear sandals."

Does this sound like you are describing your feet? If yes, then you are looking at the right page, as we can definitely help you!

The skin on the soles of your feet undergo immense pressure because they are responsible for holding your entire body weight during the gait (walking) cycle. The skin needs to be looked after on a daily basis and if it is neglected then it can deteriorate very quickly. The good news is that because your skin is renewing itself everyday, with the correct treatment, improvement can be seen very quickly.

Below are some basic points which everybody should be following to help their feet on a daily basis.

Do

  • wear thick, cushioned socks
  • wear wide, comfortable shoes, with a low heel and soft sole that do not rub
  • use soft insoles or heel pads in your shoes
  • soak corns and calluses in warm water to soften them
  • regularly use a pumice stone or foot file to remove hard skin
  • moisturise to help keep skin soft

Don't

  • do not try to cut off corns or calluses yourself
  • do not walk long distances or stand for long periods
  • do not wear high heels or tight pointy shoes
  • do not go barefoot

However, we understand that due to busy lifestyles, feet are often ignored and hidden away within shoes. This is where we can help you improve the condition of your skin.

The Podiatrist will look at your skin and come up with a tailored treatment plan for you. This often includes removal of the dead dry skin and application of a hydrating balm. This maybe a one-off treatment where you wish to have your feet “tidied up". Alternatively if you wish to keep your skin in the best possible condition, to avoid future problems, then this can be an ongoing treatment.

Many patients fear that removal of hard skin will be painful. Rest assured that you are coming to a clinic where the Podiatrist has over 10 years of experience using a scalpel and can carry out this procedure without the need for any Anaesthetic or pain relief. Some patients suffer from extremely ticklish feet, which may just mean that they laugh their way through their treatment!

Are you suffering from toenail or foot problems?

See a specialist at Podiatry Station