What are heel fissures?
Heel fissures, also known as cracked heels, can be a simple cosmetic problem and a nuisance, but can also lead to serious medical problems. Heel fissures occur when the skin on the bottom, outer edge of the heel becomes hard, dry, and flaky, sometimes causing deep fissures that can be painful or bleed.
What causes heel fissures?
Heel fissures can affect anyone, but risk factors include:
• Living in a dry climate
• Consistently walking barefoot or wearing sandals or open-backed shoes
• Inactive sweat glands
If left untreated, heel fissures can become deep or infected. This is especially dangerous for people with diabetes or compromised immune systems.
How do you treat and prevent heel fissures?
To prevent heel fissures, moisturize the feet regularly and avoid going barefoot or wearing open-backed shoes, sandals, or shoes with thin soles. Shoes with strong shock absorption can help to improve the condition.
Moisturizing the feet at least twice a day and wearing socks over moisturizer while sleeping can also help.
If the problem persists, consult your doctor. Your Fit Specialist at Stan’s will advise you on appropriate footwear for your condition.
Courtesy of foot.com