Why do corns develop?

Corns will often develop on the tops of your toes and on the ball of your foot. Callus will normally develop first and if the pressure continues a hard compacted core of keratinised cells will form, which can press on the nerve endings and be very painful. Corns, like callus, form as a result of …

Why do my heels crack?

Cracked heels –  also known as heel fissures are tears in the skin that are a common, painful complication of skin that has become dehydrated and thickened. Cracked heels develop as a result of the dry and hard skin being placed under stress. Normal hydrated skin is supple and elastic and will flex when put under …

Why is the skin on our feet different?

The skin on the soles of our feet is much thicker, has more sweat glands but has no hairs or oily glands The skin on the soles of your feet is much thicker than elsewhere on your body and the cells divide more frequently in response to pressure and friction. This allows the skin to …

What causes dry, rough skin on the feet?

The skin on your feet, like skin elsewhere your body, forms a physical barrier to the environment. It’s important that your skin is supple and flexible so that it can cope with the stresses and forces of walking. However if the skin’s properties are altered or damaged, dryness and roughness can develop which can look …

What is a verruca?

Warts and verrucae are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus is contagious and can be spread by contact with someone else who is infected or by coming into contact with infected skin cells in places like communal showering areas. The virus enters through small breaks in your skin and infection is thought …

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s Foot (or tinea pedis) is one of the most common foot infections that can affect your feet. It will usually affect the skin between your toes which may become red or look soggy and white and will be very itchy. Your skin may also peel, flake and crack. The infection can also spread to …

Why do my feet sweat?

The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet contain more sweat glands than any other area of the body. The soles of the feet contain as many as three thousand tiny sweat glands per square inch, that’s approximately 125 000 sweat glands on each foot, or 250 000 sweat glands in both …

What causes calluses to develop?

Thick, hard callused skin can form on areas of your feet where there has been repeated high pressure over a period of time, or shearing stress and friction, such as shoes rubbing.   Increased pressure causes the cells to reproduce more quickly and the protein in the cells is turned into keratin at a faster …

Why do I get chilblains?

What causes chilblains? When your feet get cold the tiny blood vessels under your skin shrink. If you try to warm your feet up too quickly the blood flow increases, in some people this causes fluid to leak into the surrounding tissue which can cause red itchy swellings. Scratching can break the skin and the …