Heel fissures is the term for cracking of the skin of the heels. This can be a painful condition that can cause bleeding. Open-backed sandals or shoes that allow more slippage around the heel while walking are often culprits that cause heel fissures. Skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis , can also lead to heel fissures. The skin thickens as a result of the friction. Wearing proper shoes and the use of deep skin moisturizers and lotions can reduce the dryness associated with the condition and allow the foot to heal.
Other factors that can be involved in the cause of cracked heels include:
Cracked heels can start from standing on your feet all day, being overweight, wearing open-backed shoes and can often be worse during the winter. If you have pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, neuropathy or hypothyroidism, cracked heels may also be common. Some other conditions may look similar to cracked heels including psoriasis and eczema. In these cases, you may have to treat the underlying condition for relief.
What can Mount Joy Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre do for you?
If you suffer from cracked heels, our Chiropodists will carefully and safely thin down all the extra hard skin around the heels and file them smooth. Following your treatment, our Chiropodist will recommend using PodoExpert Dry to Cracked Skin Foam for daily use at home.