Heel Fissures

Have you ever suffered from dry skin? What about dry skin on your heels? That’s basically what heel fissures are: dry, cracked skin located on the heels.

It sounds like a simple problem and it is usually easy to treat, but it can be a very painful condition. And if you let it progress without treatment, the crevices in the skin can become deep and can eventually cause bleeding. The fissures in the skin may even become infected, so it is important not to ignore heel fissures and to always treat them appropriately.

Heel fissures can develop due to friction if you wear shoes that allow for a lot of slippage, like open-backed sandals. Fissures in the skin can also develop due to other skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.If you have ever suffered from heel fissures, you know it can also be an embarrassing foot problem. Many people with heel fissures avoid wearing shoes that will show their heels or avoid being barefoot altogether, avoiding activities like swimming or exercise classes, so people won’t see the cracked, painful skin on their heels.

Heel fissures are different from heel calluses, but they look similar since both consist of dry, hardened skin. Heel calluses often develop due to a problem with the metatarsals bones in the foot, and may sometimes, in severe cases, require surgery. Heel fissures do not require that sort of invasive treatment and can be successfully treated with more conservative methods. 


Heel fissures are usually treated with one or more of the methods list below:








To learn more or to schedule an appointment, you can contact us using the appointment request or contact us form. You can also call the Neuhaus Foot and Ankle office at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906.


Neuhaus Foot & Ankle
300 Stonecrest Blvd. Suite 450
Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 220-8788