Cracked Heels – How To Prevent Them

With summer fast approaching, here are a few tips to help control those painful, unsightly cracked heels many of us suffer from.

  • If you already have significant callus build-up around your heels, see a Podiatrist and have it removed first. There are a few causes of cracked heels that are less common such as psoriasis, eczema and fungal skin infections. Your Podiatrist will will diagnose and provide effective cracked heels treatment if these conditions if present.
  • Try to wear closed-in footwear as much as possible. This may be challenging when the temperature is over 30 degrees however, wearing the appropriate footwear can really help the skin retain it’s own moisture.
  • Find yourself an abrasive file or pumice stone. These are readily available from your local chemist and come in various shapes and sizes. Give the area a good going over every few days.
  • Get hold of a decent heel balm. One that dries quickly so that you are more likely to use it.

Okay, so there you have it. The most important thing to remember is to be diligent. A little care and attention every day or two goes a long way in the prevention and treatment of dry, cracked heels.