Heel Fissures (Cracked Heels)
Heel fissures, also known as cracked heels
can be a simple cosmetic problem and a nuisance, but can also lead to
serious medical problems. Heel fissures occur when the skin on the bottom,
outer edge of the heel becomes hard, dry and flaky, sometimes causing deep
fissures that can be painful or bleed.
Heel fissures can affect anyone, but risk
- Living in a dry climate
- Consistently walking barefoot or wearing
sandals or open-backed shoes
- Inactive sweat glands
Like many foot conditions, heel fissures
can become more dangerous if they go untreated and become deep or
infected. This is especially dangerous for people with diabetes or
compromised immune systems.
Treatment and Prevention
Moisturizing the feet regularly can prevent
heel fissures. Once they occur, you can use a pumice stone daily to gently
decrease the thick and flaky layer of skin. Avoid going barefoot or
wearing open-backed shoes, sandals or shoes with thin soles. Shoes with
strong shock absorption can help to improve the condition.
Moisturizing the feet at least twice a day
and wearing socks over moisturizer while sleeping can also help.
If the problem persists, see your foot