Cracked heels are also known as fissures. They are, as their name implies, cracks in the skin that form when the heel becomes excessively dry and callused. They are common during the low-humidity winter months in cold climates. They can also be caused by long-term wearing of open shoes and sandals.
Diagnosis is made upon examination by your chiropodist.
Your chiropodist will remove the dry, cracked area down to healthier skin. He or she will usually prescribe a high-strength moisturizer, a home regimen, and regular follow up. Footwear advice will be provided as appropriate, depending on the cause of the condition.
Cracked heels can become progressively worse, leading to pain and even bleeding. People with diabetes, circulatory problems, and other immunity issues should seek prompt treatment to minimize the risk of serious infections.
Pictured here is a before and after shot of cracked heels after only one treatment at Kawartha Total Foot Care Centre. These results are typical when you see us for care.