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Cracked Heels

What are Cracked Heels?

Cracked heels is a condition of thickening and fissuring of the skin on the heel of the foot. They are a common foot problem. Cracked heels are often referred to as fissures. When the fissures are deep, the skin bleeds easily and causes a lot of pain.

Cracked heels are often called fissures.

Symptoms of cracked heels

The most common symptom of cracked heels are:

  • Hard growth of skin on the outer edge of the heel.
  • Yellow or dark skin on the heel.
  • Pain while walking.
  • Increased pain in thin soles or open back shoes.
  • Red or flaky patches on the heel of the foot
  • Peeling and cracked skin
  • Itchy skin

What Causes Cracked Heels?

There are many causes of cracked heels. Some of the most common causes are:

Can Cracked Heels be Treated?

Yes. However, cracked heels are more difficult to treat when the skin around the rim of the heel is thick.

Some of the common treatments for cracked heels are:

  • Application of a moisturizing cream.
  • Change in diet (drink more water, eat skin soothing foods like oatmeal and yams)
  • Use a pumice stone to reduce the thickness of the hard skin.
  • Avoid wearing open backed shoes or thin soled shoes.
  • Wear shoes with a good shock absorbing sole.

 

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