What are cracked heels?
Cracked heels are a common foot problem that is often referred to as heel fissures. Cracked heels are commonly caused by dry skin, and made more complicated if the skin around the heel is thickened (Callus).
For most people this is a nuisance and a cosmetic problem, however when the fissures or cracks in the heel are deep, they can be very painful and in severe cases may become infected.
Causes of cracked heels:
Some people tend to have naturally dry skin that can predispose them to cracks in the heels. The thickened dry skin (Callus) around the heel is prone to cracking is often due to mechanical factors (way we walk, weight) that increase pressure in that area.
- Prolonged Standing especially on hard floors
- Obesity as this increases the pressure on the normal fat pad under the heel
- Wearing open back shoes
- Some skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema