Cracked Heels – Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Cracked Heels - Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

What is Cracked Heels?


Cracked heels are very common. They can be painful, unattractive, and very upsetting – especially to those of us who love sandals.


Usually the result of very dry skin, cracked heels often get worse as the weather gets colder – in extreme cases, they can even bleed.


Cracked heels are often called fissures.

Causes of Cracked Heels


Common symptom of cracked heels are:


  • In active sweat glands
  • Dry skin
  • Prolonged standing
  • Obesity
  • Mal-aligment of the metatarsal bones
  • Wearing shoes with an open back
  • Surgery to the lower extremities
  • Heel spurs
  • High arched feet
  • Improperly fitting shoes
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Using excessively hot water is a contributing factor
  • Eczema and psoriases can also be contributing factors


Symptoms of Cracked heels


Common symptom of cracked heels are:

  • Hard growth of skin on the outer edge of the heel.
  • Yellow or dark skin on the heel.
  • Pain while walking.
  • Increased pain in thin soles or open back shoes.
  • Red or flaky patches on the heel of the foot
  • Peeling and cracked skin
  • Itchy skin


Treatment of Cracked heels


  • Application of a moisturizing cream twice daily to the affected heels, such as flexitol heel balm.
  • Use a pumice stone to reduce the thickness of the hard skin.
  • Avoid wearing open backed shoes or thin soled shoes.
  • Wear shoes with a good shock absorbing sole.

Never try to pare down the hard skin your self with a razor blade or a pair of scissors.

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