Dry Skin/Cracked Heels

Dry skin and cracked heels are generally caused by lack of moisture in the skin. Risk factors for these conditions can be quite broad; Various health conditions such as eczema, diabetes, obesity or an underactive thyroid may be an underlying cause. Dry skin for some is worse at certain times of the year, this is because of exposure to cold and dry weather conditions.

The elderly are more prone to dry skin than younger people due to diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants. Regular use of unsuitable footwear such as open backed shoes like sandals can make the condition worse. In more severe cases, breakdown of the skin can produce cracks and fissures which can leave you vulnerable to bacterial infections leading to further health complications, particularly in people with diabetes. Some fissures are unlikely to get better without professional treatment from a podiatrist, this is because a thick layer of hard skin can build within the wall of the fissure making the skin unable to bind back together.

How We Can Help

A podiatrist will be able to skillfully and painlessly treat your fissures to alleviate any discomfort associated with them. We will also buff away any troublesome, rough skin and will advise you on the appropriate lotion specifically formulated to treat dry feet and cracked heels depending on the severity of your symptoms.