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Why do I get dry and cracked heels?

Another Source of Foot Pain - Heel Fissures

Heel fissures or cracked heels can be a painful condition that affects many adults, during this short blog piece we will talk about what to do when your heels are dry and cracked and who you should talk to!

Most skin on our body secretes oil to ensure good moisture levels in the skin, good moisture levels in the skin prevents irritations including skin rashes and skin tears. On the sole of your feet, the skin is slightly different in that it does not produce the same oil as the skin on the rest of your body. Instead it relies on sweat to stay healthy. This fact, in combination with the way the bottom of the foot bears weight during your gait cycle, leads to dry calloused skin that can fissure and crack.

A Podiatrist is usually your first point of contact for dry and cracked skin on your feet, you should expect a full foot health check to be completed, education on the cause and the best prevention method to be given and where indicated the dry skin to be debrided to help decrease the dry callous.

Dry skin can also be a sign of chronic dehydration, as your body tries to conserve water it may decrease the amount of sweat it produces which can lead to dry skin on your heels. Although moisturisers are very helpful for dry and cracked skin, your Podiatrist may prescribe you something stronger to help break down the callous and aggressively add moisture to your skin.

Book an appointment today if you have dry or cracked skin.