“Did I step on a piece of glass or something?”
You don’t know why, but you felt this sharp pain radiating from your heel the moment you put your foot down on the ground. You look down at your foot – negative. But, what’s there is a crack at your heel.
Sounds familiar? Cracked heels are one of the most common things we see on a daily basis in summer. Why? The dryness, heat, beach, pool are all culprits of this notorious, lingering pain in the foot.
So, let’s see what you can do this summer to keep your heels happy!
- Moisturise your feet daily, if not twice
Yes, I know you’ve heard it a hundred times, but, you know, sadly there are just no shortcuts to keeping your feet soft and happy. Some people aren’t keen to use any moisturisers on their feet because of the greasy after-feel (completely with you here!). If that’s you, I suggest that you give our AHAVA Dermud Intensive Foot Cream a go. It’s a beautiful foot cream to use – it’s not greasy, paraban free, rich in moisturising dead sea mud (it’s from Israel!), and a little goes a long way! Once daily is sufficient, but if soft feet are at the top of your new years’ resolutions, go for twice daily! If you haven’t already, do yourself a favour – head into our clinic and give this foot cream a try 🙂
- Sand your heels regular
Sanding your heels with a pumice stone or any hand-held sanding device is an effective way to prevent a build-up of hard skin. Having said that, they can only do a good job IF your heels are callus-free to start with. If your heels are already embedded with hard skin and cracks, hand-held, home-use devices will not be able to get the job done. Please do be careful, however, when choosing a suitable sanding device. Stay away from those sharp and abrasive ones that look like a cheese grater.
- See a podiatrist
As mentioned before, cracked heels are commonly seen by us during the warmer months. If the crack is already formed, it is best to consult your podiatrist to have it properly removed. You will walk out differently, I promise. A few sessions may be required to allow the crack to heal completely, depending on the severity of it.
We hope that helps. Let’s get your feet in their best shape and walk in confidence this new year!