Cracked heels, also known as fissures, can be a nuisance but can occasionally lead to more serious problems if left untreated.
- Cracked heels are of particular concern if you have diabetes, as the fissures may lead to foot ulcers.
- In severe cases, cracked heels can become infected and lead to cellulitis. This needs urgent medical attention.
- See your pharmacist or doctor if you have severely cracked heels or if no improvement is seen after a week of self-treatment.
How to treat:
Treat cracked heels by giving your feet a little more attention, beginning with moisturising them at least twice a day.
Give your heels extra attention before going to bed: Soak your feet for about 10 minutes in plain or soapy water and pat dry. Then gently rub your heels with a loofah or foot scrubber to help remove dead skin. Apply a heavy, oil-based cream then slip on a pair of thin cotton socks at bedtime to help the moisturiser work.
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Don't ignore dry, cracked heels, as over time you may develop deeper fissures, which increases your risk of infection. If self-care measures don't help, talk with your pharmacist or doctor about other treatment options.