What are cracked heels?
When the skin around the heels is severely dried, deep cracks can develop, leading to pain and even bleeding. This is because the dried, thickened skin is unable to stretch like normal skin in response to pressure and movement. The cracks are known as fissures, and are more common during summer. This is usually a result of the hotter, drier environment and wearing open shoes that promote air circulation, drying the skin out over time.
Our podiatrists at OnePointHealth can help by removing the dry, cracked skin, recommending appropriate emollients or moisturisers to improve skin moisture and integrity, and giving you appropriate advice and education to prevent reoccurrence.