All You Need to Know About Cracked Heels

All You Need to Know About Cracked Heels

Heel fissures are usually thought of as another name for cracked heels; however, they are much deeper than just surface cracks. They are typically brought on by dryness and lack of moisture. The cracks can get infected if the condition is not addressed timely.

Moreover, even minor openings allow microscopic fungi or bacteria to infect the feet, which can lead to foot problems like Athlete’s foot, plantar warts, ulcers and calluses and other skin infections.

Some medical conditions, like diabetes, might contribute to cracked heels. Due to poor blood circulation, the healing process will be slow. If care is not administered, the situation can quickly aggravate and turn into wounds and blisters. Consult a board-certified podiatrist if your cracked heels are not getting better.


Heel fissures are typically brought on by extremely dry skin. Most people who have cracked heels may think that the issue is merely aesthetic and doesn’t lead to any other issues. On the other hand, persons with severe cracks could feel extreme discomfort or even encounter bleeding.

Many people are unaware that as pressure is applied to the back of their heels as they stand, the dry skin thickens and develops into calluses. With time, these can start bleeding and become a breeding ground for bacteria. People who are overweight or those who wear improper footwear (without adequate cushioning) experience an accelerated rate of heel cracks.


  • Take short showers/baths.
  • Scrub your heels with a pumice stone to scrape off dead skin. Talk to a podiatrist for the best advice.
  • Do not use very hot water as it dries up the skin’s moisture.
  • Dry the heel gently with a towel whenever it gets damp.
  • Apply natural oils to the heel and overall feet.
  • Moisturize your feet regularly.
  • Rub petroleum jelly on your heel and wear socks before going to bed.
  • If you see the cracks aggravating over time, cover them with a medicated cloth to prevent infections and accelerate the healing process.
  • Wear proper footwear. Avoid flip-flops, open-heeled shoes, and tight or loose footwear if your heels are dry and cracked.

Consider consulting a podiatrist whose primary focus is treating all foot-related problems if home care is not making a difference. They are capable of extracting the dead skin without causing additional discomfort or bleeding. Additionally, they could suggest using specific tape or braces to hold the cracks together until they shut and are completely healed. Our highly-experienced podiatrist, Dr. John C. Marzano, and the dedicated team at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., NY, can effectively address your foot and ankle health issues. Contact us at (914) 423-0600 for more information and to book your appointments. We are located at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701.