Dry cracked heels are a common foot problem. For most people they are merely a nuisance and a cosmetic problem but they can become more serious. Dry cracked heels can sometimes result in heel fissures. Deep fissures are painful to stand on, they may bleed and in severe cases they can become infected.
There are a number of factors which make you more likely to experience heel fissures:
- Wearing open back shoes or walking barefoot for long periods
- Being overweight
Inactive sweat glands
In the very early stages you can treat this condition at home with the daily use of a foot file or pumice stone and foot cream and avoid backless shoes.
If the problem persists, the skin becomes thicker or starts to become sore or bleeds it is advisable to see a chiropodist/podiatrist to prevent the onset of more serious conditions. This is especially important for people with diabetes or vascular problems as the cracks could become infected and lead to further complications. The Chiropodist/ Podiatrist will be able to easily and painlessly remove the hard, dry skin around the heels.