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 are a condition we treat in our six offices across Connecticut: Rocky Hill, Bristol, Newington, Glastonbury, Middletown, and Kensington. Our four podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Richard E. Ehle, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, and Dr. Ayman M. Latif are highly trained in treating heel fissures.
Heel fissures can happen to anyone, but risk factors include:
- 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.
Moisturizing the feet regularly can prevent heel fissures. Once they occur, you can use a pumice stone daily to 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 improve the condition.
Moisturizing the feet at least twice a day and wearing socks over moisturizing while sleeping can also help.
If the problem persists, call one of our six offices for an appointment.