Cracked heels – also known as keratoderma – are a very common skin complaint but, don’t worry, they rarely cause any health problems. The thick yellow or brown crusty-looking skin is more of a cosmetic issue for most people, especially come summertime when strappy sandals and flip-flops expose our feet.
What’s the cause?
Cracked heels are caused when the skin of the heels dry out, becoming stiff and chapped. This means when we put our weight on them, the skin is pushed out sideways and, because it is fragile, it cracks under the pressure.
Some people are more prone to it than others. It can be a problem for those with a medical condition like eczema, diabetes and obesity, or those with lifestyles that put strain on the feet such as jobs that require lots of standing, athletes and lovers of open back shoes.
Luckily, by treating the dry skin you can swiftly get back to supple, healthy looking heels.
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