Summer Foot Hazards # 5: Dry Skin & Cracked heels

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

When the weather is warm and the days are long, we love to go barefoot in our sandals or bury our toes in the warm sand. Unfortunately, this can leave our hard-working feet unprotected and feeling a bit unloved. A common concern we hear during the summer is that the skin on the bottom of the feet and heels is very dry, causing deep cracks or fissures to develop. In addition to dryness, a fungal skin infection can also cause the skin to crack and manifest as “small cuts”, especially in the folds of the skin. These fissures can cause pain when standing or walking. This can develop into a serious problem, especially for those living with Diabetes, as fissures can allow bacteria to penetrate the skin and cause infections. Your chiropodist is trained to professionally assess and treat these issues.

For cases of dryness, your chiropodist can remove any excess, thickened skin on your feet to allow a foot cream to better penetrate the area. In cases of fungal infections, your Chiropodist will be able to provide treatment as well. Routine footcare appointments can help keep your feet in tip-top shape. Book your appointment today and let us help you give your feet the love they deserve!

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