Condition and Causes
There are many potential causes of “cracked heels.” Dry skin (xerosis) is common and can get worse with wearing open-back shoes, increased weight, or increased friction from the back of shoes. Dry cracking skin can also be a subtle sign of more significant problems, such as diabetes or loss of nerve function (autonomic neuropathy).
A crack or a fissure can get infected resulting in ulcer or abscess or spreading infection i.e. cellulitis.
Heels should be kept well moisturised with a cream to help reduce the cracking. If an open sore is noted, make an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon for evaluation and treatment.
Proper foot care and moisturisation is important in prevention and treatment.