Cracked Heels Symptoms Cracked heels are often referred to as fissures, and are usually caused by dry skin, the symptoms are pain on weight bearing and thickening of the skin around the heel, this is called callus. Shoes that are open such as sandals and thin soled shoes can make the symptoms worse. Thick dry skin (callus) can be due to the way you walk.
Wearing open back shoes
Medical conditions such as diabetes, underactive thyroid.
Dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
Abnormalities of gait (walking)
Flat feet and high arched feet
Treatment Our Professionals FHP will remove the hard, thick skin by debriding it (often the splits in the skin will not heal if the skin is not first removed). You may need to come back for us to do this on a regular maintenance basis to help prevent the problem escalating. If your heel is very painful we may use strapping to hold the cracks together whilst they are healing. In such a case we recommend a regular maintenance programme to prevent this situation from recurring. We’ll also give you advice on the most appropriate moisturiser and footwear for your feet. Sometimes we make a referral to a podiatrist for advice on insoles. Specialist insoles can help to alter the way you walk, helping to prevent the thick callus from building up on your heels again.