Cracked Heels 101: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

    Cracked Heels 101: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

    02 Apr 2020

    Your skin is like a human shield; it protects you from dirt and infections. But it can’t protect you properly if it’s injured. Cracked skin is one such ailment. It’s painful, and not the most aesthetically-pleasing thing in the world!

    Cracked Heels 101: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment-Scholl UK

    Cracked heels: causes, symptoms, and treatment

    Your skin is like a human shield. It protects you from dirt and infections 1 but when cracks begin to appear it can’t do its job properly. Cracked heels begin when tiny splits occur in dry, damaged skin. 2 Unless you remove the dry skin and regularly moisture with a specialised product like Scholl Foot Cream the tears can grow into deeper cracks, also known as fissures. 3 These can be painful and are certainly aren’t attractive.

    Symptoms

    At first your heel may start to feel tight when you’re standing for long periods. 3 The next signs are often intense dryness, itching, and tenderness. Finally, the skin may turn yellow or brown and feel hard to the touch. 4 Cracked heels may seem like nothing more than a nuisance, but over time it can become more and more painful until it hurts just to walk. In advanced stages heels may be so dry that they turn white, yellowish, and begin to flake. Cracks can deepen and may even bleed and become infected with bacteria. 3

    Causes

    Dehydration is one of the biggest causes of cracked skin. 5 Once moisture is lost your feet start to produce thick areas of rough skin as a form of protection. That’s why moisturising with a specialized product like Scholl Foot Cream is important.

    Other factors that can contribute to cracked skin are:

    • Harsh soaps and vigorous scrubbing 5
    • Lack of minerals and vitamins such as iron 5
    • Obesity, diabetes, and hypothyroidism 5
    • Chronic skin conditions like psoriasis 3
    • Dry indoor heating or exposure to cold weather 3
    • Problems with pronation of the foot 6

    Treatment

    Taking care of your feet regularly is always better than trying to treat a problem when it develops. Most of us don’t give our feet the same care and attention we give the rest of your body. We’re all busy, but it only takes a moment to apply a specialised moisturiser like Scholl Expert Care Dry Foot Cream. Or you can soften hard skin quickly by soaking your feet in warm water. 7

    If it’s a little too late for prevention, then try Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream Active Repair K+. It can help hydrate and soften cracked heels in just two weeks by improving the skin’s elasticity. Apply twice a day to clean, dry skin and massage into your feet until it’s completely absorbed. And don’t forget to use a good foot file like Scholl Dual Action Foot File and Hard Skin Remover for removing dead skin layer by layer until smoother, softer skin is revealed.

    Source references

    1 Healthline. Epidermis function. Accessed November 2019. https://www.healthline.com/health/epidermis-function

    2 Healthline. The causes of cracked skin and the best ways to treat it. Accessed November 2019. https://www.healthline.com/health/skin/cracked-skin

    3 Mayo Clinic. Dry skin. Accessed November 2019. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/symptoms-causes/syc-20353885

    4 Medical News Today. 6 fixes for cracked skin. Accessed November 2019. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316572.php

    5 Healthline. Cracked heel heal. Accessed November 2019. https://www.healthline.com/health/cracked-heel-heal#causes

    6 Foot mech. Cracked heel. Accessed November 2019. http://www.footmech.co.uk/common-podiatry-conditions/skin/cracked-heels

    7 Healthline. How to remove dead skin from feet. Accessed November 2019. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-remove-dead-skin-from-feet

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