Cracks develop in skin which has hardened and thickened around the edges of the heels. Eventually this callused skin splits, resulting in a cracked heel. If the skin becomes too thick and too hard, the cracks will deepen, become very painful and may bleed. Any split of the skin which bleeds is at risk of becoming infected.
Causes: The most common cause of cracked heels is the wearing of open backed shoes, such as thongs, sling backs of high heels. Patients who are over weight or wear bare feet may also suffer from this painful condition. Some conditions such as diabetes mellitus will cause the skin to become dry.
Treatment: The hard skin can be debrided (trimmed) by one of our podiatrists. It is painless and most patients enjoy relief soon after. Treatment is extremely effective, as shown by the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures above.
We may also recommend the use of one of our specialist moisturisers. If your heels have become infected, we will treat the infection and dress the wound appropriately. Our professional podiatrists will then determine the cause of your condition and suggest methods to prevent it from returning.