Dry, cracked heels can not only be unsightly, but can often be a source of pain and embarrassment. The good news is that baby smooth heels are achievable with a little elbow grease and help from your podiatrist. Most minor cracked heels are able to be treated at home but for the best results, our podiatrist's can remove the dead skin from your feet in just 30mins leaving them soft, smooth and ready for sandals.
What are Cracked Heels?
Cracked heels are caused by cracking or splitting of the skin. This splitting may be due to dryness or thickening of the skin (callus) that cracks and breaks under pressure.
When the skin around the heels becomes thickened or dry, it loses it's suppleness and elasticity, and can split under simple pressures such as that from walking. This can lead to unsightly, painful and even bleeding, cracked heels. This can further be made worse in people who have a large fatty pad on the sole of their feet, which under pressure requires more elasticity in the skin to expand without cracking. Other causes of increased pressure includes prolonged standing, pregnancy or excess weight.
Information from Podantics Podiatry, available online at http://www.podantics.com.au/heel-callus-cracked-heels.html
If you have cracked heels, I will apply a targeted, specific cream to the heel area.