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Causes and Symptoms of Heel Fissures

Heel fissures are cracks in the skin over your heels that can range from minor discomfort to serious health concerns. Symptoms include can mild discoloration, thickening of the skin, visible splitting of the skin, and bleeding. Without treatment, heel fissures can worsen, leading to open wounds, pain, and even deep ulcers susceptible to infections like cellulitis. Dry skin on the heels is a primary cause of fissures, worsened by conditions such as diabetes, eczema, and fungal infections. Due to damaged foot nerves and decreased moisture, diabetic patients are particularly at risk for heel fissures that progress into non-healing ulcers. To manage symptoms of heel fissures, regular moisturizing is recommended, in addition to exfoliation with alpha hydroxy acids or urea-based creams. If the heel fissures continue to worsen, seeking medical attention from a podiatrist is suggested. This foot doctor can provide specialized debridement to remove thickened skin and prescribe medication to combat infections. If dry skin on your feet is causing problems like heel fissures, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Charles Passet, DPM from Forest Hills. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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