Also known as fissures. Dry, flaky skin formation on the outer edge of the heel that can form painful, deep cracks which often bleed. Can lead to infection by bacteria, viruses, or fungus.
What causes it?
Seasonal dryness such (i.e. winter) or a year-round dry climate. Pressure on the feet caused by being overweight. Problems with sweat glands in the area. Habitual barefoot walking or wearing of open-back sandals. Excessive soaking of feet.
Signs and Symptoms:
Dry, flaky skin formation on the outer edge of the heel that can form painful, deep cracks which often bleed.
Prevention and Treatments:
Use of a high-quality moisturizer; your Chiropodist can dispense moisturizers specifically created for this purpose, or recommend lotions available at your local drug store.
Avoid walking barefoot or wearing open back sandals too frequently.
Reduction using a surgical scalpel and sanding/polishing of the area using a special purpose podiatric instrument.
Important: never try reducing a fissure yourself with a razor blade or sharp instrument. Serious injury or infections can occur. See your Chiropodist for safe, effective fissure treatment, especially if you have diabetes
Your Chiropodist can provide further footwear advice.