Avoid dry, cracked heels that are painful and unsightly. Our experts show you how!
Q: I’m worried that I won’t be able to look good in my favorite sandals if my heels are cracked and sore. What can I do to make them look better?
A: "Cracked heels and peeling skin around the heels are caused by anhidrosis or xerosis, which is a dryness of the skin that occurs due to a lack or loss of moisture," says Dr. Mark Reyneker, chief podiatrist and managing director of Family Podiatry Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr. Reyneker adds that what starts as just some peeling around the heel may later develop further harder, thicker skin. "When the skin around your heels becomes too dry, it loses its elasticity and fl exibility. And when pressure is applied to your heels, dry skin cracks open, resulting in painful fissures," explains Dr. Pemmi Dhillon, a dermatologist at Pemmi Skin, Hair & Skin Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Kuala Lumpur. For smoother, softer heels, follow these expert tips.
*For the full article please refer to Shape May 2012 Issue