Cracked heels are often caused by uneven wear, particularly due to wearing shoes with open backs. The skin on the heel becomes dried out, leading to the development of cracks and crevices, also known as fissures. In severe cases, it’s possible for these fissures to bleed and become infected, causing pain.
The recommended treatment for cracked heels involves the use of eulactol heel balm, in conjunction with a sandpaper disc to smooth out cracks. In severe cases, debriding and strapping is sometimes required, particularly if fissures have developed. Further recurrences of the condition can be prevented by wearing suitable footwear that’s comfortable and fully encloses the heel.