Cracked heels are a common foot problem often caused by dry skin around the heel, which can be further complicated by the presence of callous around the heel. If left untreated, a crack in the skin may develop into a fissure (open, deep crack). This may in turn cause pain and bleeding, as well as increasing the possibility of an infection in that area
thyroid. Poor footwear is also a contributing factor, especially in shoes with open backs.
- Following the advice of the podiatrist
- Proper fitting shoes with a closed back and good retaining medium
- Use of emollients and commercial preparations specifically for feet
- Assessment to determine cause of cracked heels
- Removal of dry skin and callous; cracked heels may not heal if the overlying callous is not reduced.
- Wound treatment.
- Advice on footwear
- Advice on emollients and creams