Please note: Our Online Booking tool is currently down, please contact us on 0330 088 4222 to arrange your appointment and we will honour any online booking discount.

You are here:

Cracked heels treatment


Cracked heels are splits or fissures that form in the skin around the heel of the foot

What are cracked heels?


Cracked heels are a condition which develops when the area of skin around the heel becomes excessively dry and begins to crack or when the area is too soft and wet making it more susceptible to splitting.

When the condition of the skin around the heel is abnormally dry or wet and the area is put under pressure from the weight of the body, the skin cannot stretch and spread to accommodate the increased pressure as it normally would and so it begins to split.

Cracked heels can be an issue for patients as they are often painful and unsightly, however split heels can be a more serious issue as they can sometimes provide a portal of entry to bacteria leading to infection.

What are the causes of cracked heels?


The following are some of the more common causes of cracked heels;

  • Standing for long periods
  • Wearing inappropriate footwear such as open back shoes
  • Being overweight
  • Autonomic neuropathy
  • Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, eczema or psoriasis

How are cracked heels treated by a podiatrist?


Treatment will depend upon the individual patient and will be subject to a thorough assessment. Treatment may involve the following;

  • Debriding (removing) the hard skin around the heels with a scalpel
  • Reducing the hard skin using a foot file
  • A combination of sharp debridement and filing
  • Emollient therapy (moisturisation)
  • Foot care and footwear advice and education

Take a look at our previous customers:


A foot before treatment. A foot before treatment.

A foot before treatment. A foot before treatment.

A foot before treatment. A foot before treatment.

A foot before treatment. A foot before treatment.

A foot before treatment. A foot before treatment.
For more information regarding our podiatry treatments or to arrange an appointment at one of our clinics please email us on office@chiropody.co.uk or call 0330 088 4222.

Save £5 by booking an appointment online.



Book online
Book online
Initial assessment only £37.50 £32.50

£80 £75 for biomechanical assessment

Book an appointment online and save £5 off your first appointment.
Find out more »
Find your nearest clinic
Find your nearest clinic
We have clinics located throughout the North West. We also provide a home visit service.
Find out more »
No waiting lists!
No waiting lists!
Tired of waiting for treatment? Be seen by a podiatrist today!
Find out more »
Speak to a podiatrist
Not sure how we can help?
Speak to a podiatrist to find out how we can help. Call us on 0330 088 4222.
Find out more »
  • We work with:

  • Individuals

  • Organisations

  • Health professionals

Organisations we work with

Kelloggs Logo BBC Logo Highways Agency Logo FA Logo Hovis Logo McVities Logo

We are registered with

HCPC Logo SCPOD Logo CSP Logo

Get in Touch!

0330 088 4222

If you would like to speak to one of our specialists then please complete this form.

We are open 7 days a week