Hard Skin ( Callus )

Hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin) occurs when weight-bearing areas of the foot are put under increased pressure and friction. The area`s most often affected are:

  • Balls of the feet
  • Heels – common in flip flop wearers
  • Bony Prominences – these are more prone to rubbing of footwear
  • Outer edges of the toes

Treatment For Hard Skin

The hard skin needs to be removed with a scalpel technique by a competent practitioner regularly. The footwear needs to be assessed and changed if required, flat and high heeled shoes can both cause hard skin, wearing shoes with a small heel is preferable. Application of daily foot cream or heel balm will help moisturise and soften the skin – apply at night and wear socks over if possible
Cracked Heels
Sometimes known as heel fissures, cracked heels can occur when the hard skin is allowed to build up. The skin cracks as it is dry and there is limited flexibility as the foot moves. It is a common problem but usually more of a cosmetic issue. However, deep heel cracks can cause a lot of pain and discomfort in the feet and may also get infected if not treated. The condition is more common in people with Diabetes, Hypothyroidism or if a fungal infection of the foot (athlete’s foot) is present.