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About Cracked Heels (Heel Fissures)

Cracked heels are also known as Heel Fissures and are most often the result of extremely dry skin. These can be a simple cosmetic problem and a nuisance. 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.
For most people, this condition is annoying, but in people with diabetes and those with poor circulation, deep heel cracks increase the risk of infection.

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What Causes Heel Fissures?

 
Heel fissures can affect anyone. The most basic cause of heel fissures is dry skin. Some people have skin that is naturally quite dry; these people will have to take more aggressive preventative steps to protect themselves from the occurrence of heel fissures. In other cases, dry skin is more of an environmental factor that can be controlled with a little effort.
 
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.
 
Another major cause of heel fissures results from mechanical stress factors that can increase pressure on the heel, making it more likely to crack from the strain. A person’s particular style of walking or clinical obesity can be a contributing factor.

Treatment and Prevention of Heel Fissures

Moisturising your feet regularly with a good quality 10% urea foot cream such as Flexitol®, can prevent heel fissures and maintain healthy, supple skin. Once they occur, you can use a pumice stone or sanding foot file daily to gently decrease the thick and flaky layer of skin. We do not recommend any metal “cheese grater” type device, as these can be too aggressive and damage the skin. 25% urea Flexitol® Heel Balm may be necessary to treat very dry, cracked heels.

If you are unable to regularly tend to your own cracked heels, or you would prefer a professional to relieve the discomfort and unsightly build-up of callus, then We Fix Feet clinicians will provide direct treatment by removing thickened and hardened skin and provide intense moisturising of your heels.

Arch and heel supports will help absorb and redistribute the excess pressure from your eels if needed. Shoes with strong shock absorption can also help to improve the condition.

Please contact your nearest We Fix Feet clinic at Beeston or Ilkeston to book your consultation.