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What are Cracked Heels?

Cracked heels are a common foot complaint and are also known as heel fissures. It occurs when the skin on the heel cracks or splits. The skin cracks with ground reaction forces and when the skin on the heels are not properly hydrated. This can lead to painful and unsightly heels.

When the fissures are deep and bleeding, it can lead to infection. Suffering with cracked heels is often most common over summer when people are wearing backless shoes.

Cause of Cracked Heels

There are a number of problems, which can cause dry skin and hence, leading to a loss of elasticity of the skin which can lead to cracks or fissures. These can include:

  • Walking barefoot or in backless shoes (ie. Thongs)
  • Standing on your feet for long periods of time, especially on hard floors
  • Excess weight placing more pressure on your heels
  • Medical conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, thyroid problems, kidney disease
  • Circulation problems
  • Fungal skin infections


Our Podiatrists at my foot doctor have the tools and expertise to safely and painlessly debride away the dead skin and repair the fissures.

It is important to see a podiatrist who can advise on emollients/creams to hydrate the skin and give the skin some elasticity protecting it from cracking. It is important for people with diabetes or circulatory problems not to self treat as these conditions can result in decreased sensation and poor healing which can lead to greater complications.

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At My Foot Doctor we recognise that every patient is unique and deserves a treatment tailored to their individual needs.

Chiropodists and podistrist can help diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of foot and lower limb problems, Our chiropodist and podiatrist is qualified to BSc Podiatric Degree standards with over 9 years experience, as well as dealing with minor foot treatments, such as corns, hard skin (callus), ingrown toenails, bunions, verruca, athletes foot, fungal nail infections, infected toenails, skin problems, we can also deliver fast and effective podiatric treatments such as surgery under local anaesthetic to deal with ingrown toenails or infected toenails (ingrown toenail surgery available.) Our podiatrist can also deal with a wide variety of foot problems, such morton's neuroma, plantar fasciitis, metatarsaligia, neuropathy, over pronation, gait analysis, insoles and orthotic prescriptions, children's foot problems, sports injuries, arthritis, diabetic footcare, elderly foot care and gait changes, plus a whole lot more. At my foot doctor our chiropodist and Podiatrist offers the latest treatments to deal aesthetic problems of nails Toenail Brace innovative injection therapy techniques such as steroid injection, Ostenil injections, PRP injections, , Five minute fungal nail test, Toenail Reconstruction, Low level laser therapy LLLT, Medical Pedicure. we also offer some of the most up to date treatments in the UK, such as Low level laser therapy, neuropathy diagnosis test, which has been proven to treat a wide spectrum of painful foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis , gout, arthritis, heel pain, achilles tendonitis, knee and ankle pain.