Heel fissures also known as dry cracked feet are common. They seem to before more prevalent in winter months. Skin on the bottom outer edge of the heel becomes hard, dry and flaky which can lead to deep cracks which can be very painful, bleed or become infected.
Causes are usually related to living in a dry climate (although I see this regularly here in Seattle), opened heeled shoes and wearing sandals. These fissures can cause serious problems in any patient but can be even more problematic for patients with Diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Common treatments are keeping the feet moisurized up to twice daily, gentle use of a pumice stone and to wear well cushioned, closed heeled shoes.
If this condion continues to persist for you, please call our office for further treatment options.