Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a common foot problem that is often referred to as heel fissures. It is commonly caused by changes in hydration, whereby the skin becomes dry and loses its elasticity, texture and strength and may be accompanied by callus around the edges of the heel. This condition can be worse in diabetic patients due to extreme dryness. Open back shoes or sandals may be a predisposing factor.  For most patients this is a cosmetic problem but when the fissures become deeper, they are painful to stand on, and the skin can bleed. Occasionally- in severe cases, this can become infected.