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Common Reasons Behind Heel Fissures

Common Reasons Behind Heel Fissures

In this article we will talk about common reasons behind heel fissures. Heel fissures, also commonly known as cracked heels, are the basic formation of cracks dividing the skin across the surface of your heels. These cracks can grow prominent over time and divided the skin over your heels.

These fissures can become a major nuisance over time as dead cells from the feet can accumulate and build up on top of them. In some cases, heel fissures can even turn into other dangerous infections if not treated by a foot care chiropodist.

We have a team of registered chiropodists and asked them for some common reasons behind heel fissures and what are the symptoms that most people experience.

Symptoms for Heel Fissures:

Some of the common symptoms for heel fissures vary according to the severity of the condition. Some symptoms that you may experience during a mild case of heel fissures includes;

  • Brown or yellowish discoloration of the skin, which can be an indication of the presence of callus.
  • Thickening of the skin around the cracks on your feet.
  • Visible cracking of the heels.

These milder symptoms can soon grow over time to turn into severe ones. If this is the case, you would experience the following symptoms;

  • Bleeding from the cracks in your heels.
  • Open wounds or wound on the heels.
  • Pain whenever you put pressure while walking on your heels.

Heel fissures can also lead to the accumulation of open sores or ulcers on your feet. These ulcers may lead to infections if they aren’t taken care of through foot pain treatment.

Reasons behind Heel Fissures:

Corns, blisters and cracked heels are common with people who suffer from diabetes. The impact of diabetes can wreck your nervous system, leading to the accumulation of cracks on the heels. The damaged nerves can also lead to non-healing foot ulcers.

Dry skin is another common reason behind heel fissures. There are a number of reasons why an individual might have dry skin. These reasons include:

  • Eczema
  • Tinea pedis, a fungal infection commonly known as athlete’s foot
  • Living in cold, dry environments
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma

Poor foot hygiene can also aggravate the risk of heal fissures and cracked heels, as you need to take care of your feet over an extended duration.

At Achieve Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, we provide expert opinion and care from registered chiropodists. All matters of the feet are resolved through our unobstructed care and concern.

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