One of the common foot problems in the summer months is cracking hard skin around the heels. This is caused by the skin around the heel getting too thick and drying out. When wearing sandals or flip flops or even walking bare foot on a beach having split skin can be very painful, look very unsightly, and be a potential infection sight.
You can help prevent this happening by applying a good moisturiser daily. If you already have a build-up of hard skin this should be reduced by filing with a foot file, pumice stone or even a hand held electric file (please see product instructions). For extreme problems a one off treatment with a Podiatrist will help you on your way to managing this problem. A good moisturiser for heels is one containing urea. Used in various percentages with in a cream, urea helps to rehydrate the skin. For problem heels a balm with 25% urea is recommended. The following brands can be found on the high street or here at Rolle Podiatry: Flexitol, CCS, Gehwol or Ureka.