Are you concerned about the deteriorating state of your heels? Are you curious about what causes cracked heels? The skin around the heels is sensitive and even the slightest neglect can lead to damage to the skin. It is commonly said that cracked heels show the lack of care and nourishment but this is not always true. Cracked heels are also referred to as heel fissures, can range from a cosmetic issue to a painful problem, depending on its severity. Heel fissures or cracked heels occur when the skin on outer edge or bottom of heel become hard, flaky and dry.
Dry skin or xerosis is the most natural causes for cracked heels. When the skin around heel gets dried or thick callous has developed around the rim, it loses its elasticity. Thus, callous does not flex along with the inner layers of skin tissue. Impact and friction between layers of tissue while walking triggers cracking on the outer epidermis. Once cracks develop on the heel, the cracks go deeper due to ground reaction forces and result in damage to the dermis layer. Continue reading