MD Podiatrist Discusses Causes of Heel Fissures

Cracked heels can seemingly pop up out of nowhere, and they essentially suck during the summer when they're constantly exposed in sandals. And once they form, getting rid of them can prove tricky. Odds are your skin is quite literally cracking under pressure. "Our feet are responsible for holding up our body and therefore they withstand a tremendous amount of pressure," says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. "When weight and pressure are applied to the heels of our feet, the skin expands outward. If the skin is dry, it becomes less elastic and rigid and therefore more prone to fissures and cracking."


There are quite a few factors that could be contributing to your cracked heels. Conditions like obesity, diabetes, eczema, hypothyroidism, Sjögren's syndrome, and juvenile plantar dermatosis have all been linked to cracked feet, says Dr. MIchaels. Having flat feet, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and living in dry, cold weather can also play a part. 

The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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