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Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a common problem and are sometimes referred to as ’heel fissures’. Cracked heels are usually caused by a build up of dry skin, and are made more complicated if the skin around the edge of the heel is calloused (thick). For many people, this is a nuisance and generally a cosmetic problem. However, when the cracks or fissures are deep it can be quite painful to walk or stand on and the skin may bleed. In severe cases the fissures may result in an infection.

The most common causes of cracked heels are:

A lot of time spent on your feet

Going barefoot often

Wearing sandals or open backed shoes regularly

Being overweight as this places added pressure on the feet

Diabetes or a circulatory disorders

Smoking

Physical disorders of the feet


You may have cracked heels or be at risk of developing cracked heels if:

The heel of the foot is very dry

The skin around the edges of the heels is calloused with visible cracks

If the cracks are fairly deep there may be pain upon weight bearing

Bleeding and infections are present


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