Cracked Heels

Skin and Nail Care

Early stages of fissures on the feet, particularly the heel, involve the splitting of the skin to produce unsightly cracks. If heel cracks remain untreated, the cracks can progress into fissures. Cracks only effect the upper layer of the skin called the epidermis, while fissures begin to crack deeper into the skin, just below the epidermis into the dermis. Dry skin is the reason most people assume they have cracking heels, but increased weight, diabetes, neuropathy, poor circulation and poor nutrition can also cause poor foot health. Symptoms of heel cracks and fissures vary from mild to severe. The most apparent symptom is cracks in the epidermis of the heels. Other symptoms include: Dry, itchy heels, hard skin on the heels, pain, difficulties standing or walking and bleeding or discharge


With proper treatment, heel cracking will not evolve into fissures. Moisturising the feet twice a day will heal the cracks in most cases. If cream is not helping your Podiatrist is able to remove the hard skin and thickness around the cracked region helping to give initial relief and enable the cream to further soften the skin. In more severe cases you may need additional treatments to keep the skin thickness down alongside daily applications of cream. Regular appointments are recommended here.




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