For some of us, the summertime means seeing our dry, rough & cracked heels.
Are you nodding your head yes? Then keep reading!
When our heels become dry and cracked its actually typically because of a previous callous that has formed to protect our feet from pressure or the elements.
The danger lies when the symptoms and cause of the dry, cracked areas go untreated and can lead to heel fissures (large cracks that extend into the skin). Our skin’s main responsibility is to protect us from bacteria entering, so when there is a fissure, it opens us up to bacteria and infection. Since our heels don’t have great blood supply, they don’t heal as quickly as other areas of our body.
But don’t worry, there are some things that can help.
The big one is prevention.
Do you wear open backed shoes, like sandals? Try to buy sandals or open-backs that don’t allow your heel to move and cause friction, increasing the risk of callous and fissure formation.
Develop a foot care routine.
If you see signs of inflammation or if the cracks are painful, come in for a visit with me as soon as you can. If you have signs of infection, seeing a Medical Doctor who can assess for need of antibiotics is more appropriate.
Unsure if Nursing Foot Care is right for you? Feel free to give us a call and we can help you decide.
Ps. Book in for Foot Care or Massage Therapy with Brooke before August 1, 2019 for a chance to win a gift basket full of foot care goodies that’ll have you #WalkingOnSunshine.
For educational purposes only, this does not replace an individual client appointment and is not medical advice.