Milwaukee Foot Specialists Explain Heel Fissures (Cracked Heels) Causes and Treatment Options
Cracked Heels (also called “Heel Fissures” or “Chronic Dry Heels”) are linear cuts or “fissures” in the heel brought on by dry flaky skin. As the wounds deepen, they bring about heel pain and could lead to a foot infection.
While cracked skin can happen all over the body, it is more common on the heels and toes since they endure so much stress, pressure and use.
In severe cases, heel fissures can deepen further, leading to bleeding or infection. If you suffer from diabetes or a weakened immune system such developments can become extremely serious.
If your cracked heels persist or worsen be sure to make an appointment to see our foot specialists in Milwaukee or Brookfield, WI.
Cracked Heel Causes
There are many causes for cracked heels, including
- A deficiency in diet (including a lack of zinc or omega-3 fatty acids)
- Lack of proper foot care
- Being overweight
- Dry Skin
- Thick Calluses
- Athlete’s Foot
- Thyroid Disease
Senior citizens are more likely to suffer from cracked heels since their skin is thinner and usually dryer. Their bodies produce less sebum, an oily substance which prevents skin from drying out. Plus, since senior citizens typically have less flexibility as they age, it makes proper foot care more difficult.
Cracked Heels: Cures and Prevention
There are many ways to improve or prevent cracked heels. For some people, cracked heels may be a chronic condition. If so, the condition can be improved, but not completely healed. The problem could return.
Below, our Milwaukee foot specialists list a variety of things you can do to prevent or cure cracked heels at home, including:
- Avoid going barefoot
- Wear proper footwear with stable heels
- Use heel cups or shoe inserts
- Use a pumice stone to remove dead skin or calluses (going WITH the grain)
- DON’T attempt to cut a callus off and home (callus removal should ALWAYS be done by a foot specialist or podiatrist)
- Apply moisture creams (or coconut oil) before bed (wear socks for maximum moisture penetration)
If traditional home remedies are not working, contact Great Midwest Foot and Ankle right away for the most effective treatment for cracked heels.