Hard skin on the feet and in particular, the heels, should not be considered ‘normal’. If you have hard skin which frequently cracks and doesn’t seem to get any better even though you apply cream, the chances are you have a fungal infection known as Tinea Pedis or Athlete’s foot. Many people are aware of the condition arising between the little toes but it can affect the skin over the whole of the foot and cause embarrassing dry, flaky skin.
When treated appropriately, the problem can be eliminated leaving you with nice healthy feet. There are, however, some medical conditions which can result in callus and should not be confused with Tinea Pedis. A podiatrist will be able to diagnose and advise you of the best treatment.