Having our feet bare while wearing sandals or flip flops is a favorite past time during our relatively short summers. However, the skin and heels can get very dry causing fissures to develop. This can be particularly painful around the heel edge. It can also lead to potentially serious problems if you have diabetes. Fungal skin infections can also cause the skin to crack or fissure.
How do you treat it?
Application of a good quality foot cream is essential. In severe cases using petroleum jelly with a covering over the area for a few days can also make a difference. Your chiropodist can remove any excess thickened skin, allowing the emollient to better penetrate.