Deep cracks in your heels called heel fissures can worsen to the extent that they become extremely hard and actually start bleeding. If you have large, painful heel fissures on your feet, you need to see your foot doctor to have them trimmed and treated to avoid possible infection and amputation.
Some of the causes of heel fissures include:
● Standing and walking on hard surfaces regularly
● Being severely overweight
● Thyroid problems
● Estrogen issues
● Peripheral neuropathy
● Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema
● Wearing shoes with an open back
● Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies
● Circulation irregularities
● It’s hereditary
For fissures that are not too advanced you can try to reduce the thickness of the skin in the heel area by using a pumice stone or file. Staying properly hydrated will help keep your skin more pliable and consuming omega 3 fatty acids may also help retain skin moisture.
Some treatments for heel fissures include the following:
- Determining the cause of the cracking with the help of your foot doctor
- Removing the hard skin while limiting cuts and bleeding
- Strapping adjacent cracks together for faster healing
- Using custom orthotic inserts and heel cups to contain the heel and keep it from expanding sideways
- Rehydrating the skin with moisturizing lotions and ointments
If you are experiencing complications with heel fissures, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany,IN. Dr. Zahid Ladha, our podiatrist, is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!