Heel cracks are a common problem usually caused by dry, highly callous skin. The callus layer is cracked, resulting in deep grooves. This is not just an aesthetic problem: it can be very painful. What prevention and what treatment?
Dry skin is the main cause of heel cracks. But there are also other factors.
• Heel cracks are more common in people exercising a standing profession because of pressure on their feet.
• People who often expose their feet to humidity or cold are more likely to suffer from cracks.
• Socks or abrasive shoes may contribute to the development of crevasses.
• As aging the elasticity of the skin decreases, increasing the risk of cracking.
• People with Problems with blood vessels and a reduction of blood circulation in the legs and feet have an increased risk of heel cracks. This applies, in particular, to persons suffering from cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
• Persons with eczema or psoriasis also present an increased risk of crevices
Some measures can help to limit the problem.
• wear well-fitting, non-abrasive shoes
• do not expose your feet to extreme temperatures and humidity
• do not let the skin dry: use a good ointment
• remove the cal of heels regularly with a pumice or a file with feet, and be careful with the file, it can promote cracking
Never try to remove the layer of callus with a razor blade or other sharp objects. You could cause injuries that can become infected.
• Dry skin can be treated with a moisturizing care . There are also special creams for callused skin around the heels. Ask your pharmacist or consult a pedicurist or doctor if necessary.
• In case of shallow cracks, you can try to remove the layer of callus with a pumice stone or a special file. Be careful not to file too deep, this can make the situation worse.
• Soak your feet daily in a lukewarm bath for about 10 minutes. Dry your feet well and coat them with a fatty ointment.
• If the cracks are very painful, bleed or become infected, consult your general practitioner or dermatologist.