About calluses, cracked heels and dry skin

We use our feet from the moment we get up until we go to bed. Our feet are in constant use. Standing, walking, exercising, shopping etc. The average person is on their feet about 6 hours per day, people with jobs that require standing, stand up to 10 hours. Foot care often gets forgotten or neglected, yet takes only few minutes of a daily routine. That's why we came up with a whole line of foot care products to treat and prevent callus and cracked heel or to simply moisturize and spoil your feet - have baby soft feet all year round. Footner - your foot care specialist.

A callus is an especially toughened area of skin, which has become relatively thick and hard in response to repeated friction, pressure, or other irritation. Common on toes and heels it can also form under the ball of the foot. Calluses are generally thickened discoloured areas of the skin that can result in pain, discomfort, and disfigurement. Calluses are more common in women than men.

Cracked heels are generally referred to as thickening of the skin's hornified layer and the formation of fissures on the heel and soles. The thickening of the skin during callus formation can cause excessive dryness and hardening. The collection of these factors can cause the skin to become brittle and crack open. Cracked heels are not only emotionally damaging but also unsightly and sometimes even quite painful.

What are the symptoms of callus and cracked heels?

A callus is a thickening of the skin that occurs in response to excessive, repeated shear or friction forces, commonly due to constant rubbing of the skin.

Cracked heels are commonly caused by dry skin and callus, which form fissures due to consistent friction and pressure.
You may have developed callus or cracked heel if you have the following symptoms:

  • Growth of hard and thickened skin on feet (from tight shoes or being barefoot)
  • Growth of hard and thickened skin on hands (from playing instruments or manual labor)
  • Pain when walking and pain that increases standing and relieves when sitting
  • Pain when using high heels or footwear with a thin sole
  • Flaky and dry skin
  • Heel may turn dark or yellow in colour
  • Cracked and peeling skin (on the heel of your foot)

 

Please note that callus and cracked heel are generally unsightly and bothersome but do not require medical treatment. If your condition worsens and a fissure (cracked heel) may start to bleed we advise to consult your general practitioner.

How can Callus and Cracked Heel be prevented?

We take our feet for granted and often neglect regular foot care in contrast to facial care. When it is not desirable to form a callus, minimizing rubbing and pressure will prevent callus and cracked heel formation.

You can help prevent callus and cracked heel formation by further observing the following simple tips:

  • Keep feet moisturized (for example with Footner Daily Repair Cream)
  • Choose good fitting footwear
  • Wear socks with shoes at all times
  • Wear gloves if working with hands (garden work, lifting weights etc.)
  • Do not walk barefoot on hard surfaces, such as asphalt, for a long time
  • If overweight, commit to losing weight

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