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April 10, 2024

What Are Heel Fissures?

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Heel fissures are cracks in the skin, in combination with a thick formation of skin layers (also known as calluses) commonly found on the ball of the foot, heel, sides of the foot.

Cracks in the heels, also known as heel fissures, are caused by excessive pressure combined with the thick skin, and open shoe gear. A large majority of our patients get fissures, specifically bleeding heel fissures and deep heel fissures, when wearing rubber or leather sandals in the summer.

This is caused mostly by inflammation and swelling in the dry skin, because of irritating materials. Diabetes and other diseases like Lupus can increase the incidence of dry cracked skin, especially in the feet and hands, leading to heel fissures diabetes.

These fissures can deepen on the outer surface of the hard skin or can go deeper causing bleeding or infection. Pain ranges from dull to sharp depending upon the level of irritation and compression of the nerves that are around these areas, indicating what causes heel fissures and heel fissures causes.

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How We Treat Heel Fissures

Certain cases of heel fissures can be treated with conservative adjustments such as wearing different wear shoes or topical medication, while more severe instances of heel fissures can qualify for surgical treatment. This section addresses how to fix heel fissures and heel fissures treatment options.

Conservative Heel Fissure Treatment Options

Conservative treatment options that can reduce or eliminate pain caused by corns and calluses include the following: heel fissures treatment, heel fissures home remedies, and deep heel fissures treatment.


Anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen or Naprosyn aspirin products, and Acetaminophen can help with the chronic pain caused by heel fissures.

Anti-fungal medication, and topical cortisone can also alleviate dryness, inflammation, and soreness.

Arch Support:

Temporary arch supports or custom molded orthotics can minimize the pressure on the spur or correct the foot position causing the pressure.

These devices are a good solution for long-term treatment of heel fissures, with or without surgical intervention.


Reduction of the heel fissure, by either professional sharp debridement (shaving) or consistent filing, will give temporary relief.

Use caution with over the counter callus removal medication or pads, since this medication is a type of acid that can cause an ulceration or infection if not used properly or in excess.

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Insurance Coverage for Heel Fissures Treatment

Navigating the intricacies of insurance coverage for heel fissures treatment can be daunting. However, at Modern Foot & Ankle, we strive to make this process as smooth as possible for our patients. Our clinic accepts a wide range of insurance plans, detailed on our insurance page.

We recommend patients to verify their coverage before their appointment to understand what treatments are covered. Typically, insurance plans cover consultations and many conservative treatments for heel fissures, such as medications and custom orthotics.

Surgical interventions, if necessary, are also covered under most plans, subject to the specifics of your insurance. Our dedicated team is always here to assist with billing questions and help you maximize your benefits for the care you need.

Why Choose Us

Choosing the right podiatry clinic for treating heel fissures is crucial for effective recovery and long-term foot health. At Modern Foot & Ankle, we pride ourselves on providing top-tier care, tailored to each patient's unique needs. Here's why we stand out:

Expertise and Experience

Our team comprises highly qualified podiatrists with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of foot conditions, including heel fissures. Our approach combines advanced medical knowledge with personalized care, ensuring that you receive the best possible treatment for your condition.

State-of-the-Art Technology

We leverage the latest in podiatric technology to diagnose and treat heel fissures, ensuring precise treatments and faster recovery times. From digital imaging to cutting-edge therapeutic devices, our clinic is equipped to offer you the highest standard of care.

Comprehensive Treatment Plans

We understand that heel fissures can result from various underlying causes. That's why we offer comprehensive treatment plans that not only address the symptoms but also tackle the root cause of the condition. Whether you need medication, custom orthotics, or surgery, we've got you covered.

Patient-Centered Care

At Modern Foot & Ankle, you're not just a patient; you're part of our family. We listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and tailor your treatment plan to suit your lifestyle and preferences. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities.

Education and Prevention

We believe in empowering our patients with the knowledge they need to prevent heel fissures future foot problems. Our team provides education on proper foot care, the importance of wearing suitable footwear, and lifestyle adjustments to prevent the recurrence of heel fissures. Visit our website for more details on our services and patient education resources.

In Summary

  1. Heel fissures, characterized by dry, cracked skin on the heels, can cause significant discomfort and lead to more serious complications if left untreated. These conditions often result from thick skin, excessive dryness, and wearing open-back shoes or sandals.
  2. At Modern Foot & Ankle, we offer a range of treatments to treat heel fissures, from conservative methods like moisturizing with thick creams and removing excess dead skin with a pumice stone, to more advanced interventions for severely cracked heels.
  3. Proper footwear, including heel cups or heel pads, and maintaining healthy skin soft through regular hydration and protection are essential steps in preventing heel fissures.
  4. Remember, early intervention is key to effectively managing heel fissures. If you're experiencing dry, cracked heels, don't wait for the condition to worsen. Explore our website for more information on how we can help you maintain healthy, pain-free feet.

The information on our website is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. For any health-related concerns, we strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Please note that any reliance on the information found on our site is solely at your own risk. For more details, please see our Medical Disclaimer.


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How long does it take for a cracked heel to heal?

The time to heal cracked heels depends on the severity. Superficial heel cracks can heal as fast as a week with remove excess dead skin and topical creams. If thicker skin or deeper cracks are involved, they can take two to four weeks to heal, even with proper medication and care.

How do you heal cracked heels naturally?

You can heal cracked heels naturally with topical antibiotics and removing the thick dead skin. Then softening creams and lotions at night to hydrate too much skin.

Can cracked heels get infected?

Yes, cracked heels can get infected. Once dirt, bacteria, or fungus is introduced to the layers beneath the epidermis, they can hide and grow in these cracks.

How do Podiatrists treat cracked heels?

Podiatrists normally treat cracked heels with Urea cream with or without cortisone. If they are infected, an oral or topical antibiotic may be used as well.

What home remedy can I use to soften my feet?

Home remedies to soften feet include foot soaks, thick creams and lotions, or over the counter 1% hydrocortisone cream.

When should I see a doctor for a cracked heel?

You should see a doctor for a cracked heel if there are any signs of infection which include: redness, pain, elevated temperature, drainage, and odor.

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