Treatment of hard, thickened and dry skin is a regular occurrence at SOLE THERAPY. We are able to effectively manage this for many of our patients and provide them with at home tips and tricks to maintain our treatments.
Our feet have the job of getting us around- carrying our body weight, bearing the pressures of hard surfaces and footwear. Sometimes extra pressure can be isolated to a particular area of the foot. When this happens the body responds by thickening the surface layer of our skin producing callus. They are a part of the body’s natural defense system. If the pressure is not relived calluses can become very painful
Callus is usually seen on the balls of the feet or on the heels. Callus on the heels is often in combination with cracks.
The skin on the heel is exposed to constant trauma during walking and standing, and is very prone to becoming dry. These cracks can often become painful and bleed.
- Ageing- As we get older the skin loses its natural moisture
- Heel exposure- Wearing open footwear that exposes the heel can make it prone to dryness
- Skin conditions- Psoriasis or eczema can cause skin to break and crack
- Diabetes mellitus- Reduction in circulation means the skin is unable to receive nutrients
- Skin fungus- See our blog on Skin Fungus for more info!
Treatment of callus and cracked heels begins with removing as much of the thickened skin as possible safely. Regular moisturizing with a podiatrist recommended product, gentle exfoliation and footwear adjustments can make a big difference. Our SOLE THERAPY podiatrists can also assess your gait pattern to see if orthotics can help better distribute pressure and reduce callus.
Come and visit SOLE THERAPY for better management of your callus today! Call the clinic on 02 9583 1138 or book an INITIAL GENERAL TREATMENT.
Words from one of our Podiatrist's,
DR VICTORIA KOKOTATSIOS