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What are Cracked Heels?

Description of the condition

Cracked heels is a condition where the skin on the soles of the feet cracks and forms deep fissures. It can be very painful and lead to various complications if not addressed.


  • Deep fissures (more than 2mm deep)
  • Superficial fissures (less than 2mm deep)


Symptoms of cracked heels include pain, bleeding, flaky skin, formation of crusts and redness of the skin.


Cracked heels can be caused by dry skin, wearing ill-fitting shoes, hyperhidrosis, vitamin deficiencies, flat feet, and other factors.


Diagnosis of cracked heels includes visual inspection of the skin, as well as sometimes laboratory tests for vitamin deficiencies or fungal infections.


Treatment of cracked heels may include moisturizing the skin, using protective ointments, adjusting footwear, physiotherapy, and in some cases, surgical intervention.


Prevention of cracked heels includes regular moisturizing of the skin, choosing the right footwear, foot exercises, weight control, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


In case of cracked heels, one should consult a dermatologist or a podiatrist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.