Cracked Heels, Explained
Cracked heels are a common foot issue. There are those people who may often take this concern lightly as it is normally covered by footwear. But, on some days, they may find it annoying and unappealing.
Cracked heels, or heel fissures, are often the result of a lack of moisture on the feet (xerosis). Your feet tend to get too dry, which is frequently accompanied by either of the following:
- Thickened skin (hyperkeratosis)
- Formation of callus (which are yellow or brown in color, typically around the heel edges)
When these cracks become deep, it may be painful to stand, walk, or even put some weight on them. People with larger, deeper fissures are more likely to develop infection, too. It can progress to cellulitis and ulceration, especially if there are other risk factors such as diabetes.