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Heel Fissures

Also known as cracked heels is not only a simple cosmetic problem but can also lead to serious medical problems. Heel fissures occur when the skin on the bottom, outer edge of the heel becomes hard, dry and flaky, sometimes causing deep fissures that can be painful or bleed.
-Heel fissures can affect anyone, but risk factors include:
-living in a dry climate
-obesity
-consistently walking barefoot or wearing sandals or open-backed shoes.
-inactive sweat glands.
-Heel fissures can become more dangerous if they go untreated and become deep or infected. This is especially dangerous for people with diabetes or compromised immune systems
Moisturizing the feet regularly can prevent heel fissures. Once they occur, you can use a pumice stone daily to gently decrease the thick and flaky layer of skin.
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