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HEEL FISSURES, ALSO KNOWN AS CRACKED HEELS CAN BE A SIMPLE COSMETIC PROBLEM AND A NUISANCE, BUT CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS.  HEEL FISSURES OCCUR WHEN THE SKIN ON THE BOTTOM, OUTER EDGE OF THE HEEL BECOME HARD, DRY AND FLAKY, SOMETIMES CAUSING DEEP FISSURES THAT CAN BE PAINFUL AND BLEED.

HEEL FISSURES CAN EFFECT ANYONE, BUT RISK FACTORS INCLUDE:  LIVING IN A DRY CLIMATE, OBESITY, CONSISTANTLY WALKING BAREFOOT OR WEARING SANDALS OR OPEN-BACKED SHOES, OR  INACTIVE SWEAT GLANDS.  LIKE MANY FOOT CONDITIONS, HEEL FISSURES CAN BECOME DANGEROUS IF LEFT UNTREATED AND BECOME DEEP AND INFECTED.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES OR COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS.

TREATMENT AND PREVENTION CONSISTS OF MOISTURIZING THE FEET REGULARLY TO PREVENT HEEL FISSURES.  ONCE THEY OCCUR YOU CAN USE A PUMICE STONE DAILY TO GENTLY DECREASE THE THICK AND FLAKEY LAYERS OF SKIN.  AVOID WEARING OPEN-BACKED SHOES, SANDALS OR SHOES WITH THIN SOLES.  SHOES WITH STRONG SHOCK ABSORBSION CAN HELP TO IMPROVE THE CONDITION.  ALSO CUSTOM MADE ORTHOTICS DISTRIBUTE THE WEIGHT EVENLY OVER THE FEET AND HELP PREVENT PRESSURE POINTS WHICH CAN LEAD TO SKIN THICKENING.  MOISTURIZING YOUR FEET AT LEAST TWICE A DAY AND WEARING SOCKS AFTER MOISTURIZING WHEN IN BED ALSO HELP.

 BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. HARDY AND MARZ HARDY, D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE, TORONTO CHIROPODIST AND TORONTO FOOT SPECIALIST AND THE TEAM FROM ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.

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