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22 December 2016

How to deal with cracked heels

Hard, cracked skin around the heels is very common in summer. But what causes heels to crack and what’s the best way to treat them?

Say goodbye to painful cracked heels!

Hard, cracked skin around the heels is very common in summer and often caused by open-backed sandals and flip-flops rubbing around the edge of the heel. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also be very painful.

Simple treatments you can try at home:

Cracked Heels

Using a heel balm twice a day can help. Using it in the morning increases the elasticity of the skin on your heels before you get moving and assists in decreasing the occurrence of cracks. We recommend Simply Feet Heel Balm. It’s highly rated by podiatrists and is very effective in treating severe cases of cracked heels. It contains 25% Urea, the skin’s own moisturiser and breaks down hard thickened skin helping repair and relieve cracks to leave it soft and supple. It’s also lightly scented with mint so it smells lovely and fresh.

A pumice stone or a wooden foot file (like a giant emery board) can be used to reduce the thickness of the hard skin in less severe cases. In more severe cases you may need the help of a podiatrist.

If cracks start to bleed apply an antiseptic to prevent infection and keep skin clean with a dressing as needed. Wear closed-in shoes and good socks when you can and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. If your heels are very painful and bleeding, we recommend seeking advice from a podiatrist.