Cracked heels, also referred to as "heel fissures," are a common foot problem. They are often caused by dry skin. The symptoms are worse when the skin around the rim of the heel is thick and forms a callus. A callus is simply a build-up of skin that forms in response to irritation or friction. If left untreated, cracks or fissures that occur within the callus may become deep, painful, and infected, and begin to bleed. In some cases, a person may have naturally dry skin that increases the risk of cracked heels. Other factors that can cause calluses include prolonged standing, especially on hard floors; being overweight; wearing open-back shoes; and certain medical conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
Are you plagued by heel fissures or another foot condition that makes every step a painful one? One of the best things you can do to take good care of your feet is to treat them to regular professional podiatric care. With all they do for you, your feet deserve it. We'll do all we can to teach you how you can achieve and maintain optimal foot health. State-of-the-art facilities to treat all foot concerns, chronic conditions, injuries, and hereditary problems are available to you at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester. Call 508-757-4003.
HINT: As with all conditions, your podiatrist should be consulted to diagnose and treat heel fissures.