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Cracked Dry Heels


Cracked heels are often referred to as fissures and are usually caused by dry skin. For most people this is a nuisance and a cosmetic problem but when the fissures are deep, the skin bleeds easily and it can be very painful. The heels appear yellow or dark brown depending on the skin type and are normally accompanied by dry skin. Symptoms include a hard growth of skin, usually on the outer edge of the heel. Patients may experience pain while walking and increased discomfort in thin soles or open back shoes.

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Above is a photograph of a Heel Fissure.


  • In active sweat glands
  • Dry skin
  • Prolonged standing
  • Obesity
  • Open backed shoes can be a contributing factor
  • Surgery to the lower extremities
  • Heel Spurs
  • Mal-aligment of the metatarsal bones (the bone structure of the sole of the foot)
  • Flat feet and high arched feet
  • Abnormalities of gait (walking)
  • Using excessively hot water is a contributing factor
  • Eczema and psoriasis can also be contributing factors


  • Apply a moisturizing cream twice daily to the affected heels, such as flexitol heel balm
  • Use pumice stone to reduce the thickness of the hard skin.
  • Avoid open backed shoes or thin soled shoes
  • Buy shoes with a good shock absorbing sole
  • Never try to pare down the hard skin your self with a razor blade or a pair of scissors!

We Recommend

Review: Deep penetrating formula for cracked feet.

Flexitol Heel Balm treatment combines 25% urea formula with highly concentrated emollient base. With regular use, your feet will become soft and silky smooth to the touch.

Treatment Options for Cracked Dry Heels

Flexitol Heel Balm
Effective in the treatment of dry skin

CCS Foot Cream
Help maintain healthy skin

10 Minute Callus Removal Kit
For dry, hard, callused skin

Akileine Cream for Dry & Flaky Skin
Softens and protects dry feet

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