Cracked Heels and Heel Fissures

What are Cracked Heels?

Cracked heelsCracks along the heel ridge are unsightly but generally painless. However, the cracks can dry and split, causing painful fissures and calluses.

What Causes Cracked Heels?

  • Standing for long periods of time puts prolonged pressure on the heels causing them to crack. Pressure from weight gain can also aggravate your heels
  • Walking barefoot in hot conditions causes the feet to dry and lose suppleness, particularly on hot dry days.
  • Diabetics are particularly susceptible to cracked heels because diabetic neuropathy reduces the amount of natural sweat created by the feet.
  • Hormones – imbalances in female hormones can be a contributing factor to dry, cracked heels.
  • Fungal Nail Infections can spread to the heels causing cracks and fissures
  • Downs syndrome is also linked to dry feet.

Treatments

  • Treating the Underlying Condition where there is a medical reason for your dry feet, will alleviate the symptoms of cracked heels.
  • Moisturising your heels will promote elasticity and reduce the likelihood of cracking.
  • Removal of Dead Skin by your podiatrist will promote the growth of new healthy moist skin.
  • Take the weight off your feet – literally! If your job involves prolonged periods of standing, make sure you take regular breaks and rest your feet. Losing weight has many health benefits, but you will be pleasantly surprised by the improvement in your feet.