What are Causes and Treatment of Cracked Heels?

by admin on March 12, 2010

Starting of heel Fissure

Starting of heel Fissure

Most of Indian population belongs to rural part, out of which people 40 years are suffering from “cracked heels” or “heel fissure”.

Generally heel fissure is a fissure in epidermis part of heels, however when this fissure reaches deep into dermis which is very painful, sometimes blood may ooze out.

Causes of heel fissure or cracked heels are:

1. Zinc deficiency: Around 1/3 of world population is suffering from Zinc deficiency which can be due to nutritional deficiency (major factor), malabsorption syndrome, diarrhea, acrodermatitis entropathica (congenital disease due to Zn deficiency), chronic liver disease, renal diseases, malignancies.

Symptoms of zinc deficiency includes hair loss, diarrhea, skin lesions, eyesight, taste and memory impairment.

If you have white spot on your nails ( Leukonychia ) click to see the photograph or lines that means you are suffering from zinc def.

Zinc deficiency also masks your appetite which leads to anorexia nervosa, zinc masks appetite due to release of leptins which acts on receptors in the hypothalamus of the brain where they inhibit appetite.

2. Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.

Symptoms of Cracked Heels

Peeling of skin or cracks in skin, red or flanky patches, itching or bleeding or pus discharge.

Home Treatment of Cracked Heels

1. Wash your foots and heels, dry them with cloth, now apply hydrogenated vegetable oil and wear socks after that.


2. Take a ripe banana apply pulp of banana in cracked heels for 10 minutes and wash the heels by rinsing. Click to see the chart of  nutrients present in common fruits.

Medical Treatment of Craked Heels or Heel Fissure

Do the debridement of heels are remove hard skin and apply moisterizer and prescribe antibiotic course so that infection may not take place.

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Frank November 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I require your permission to include your photo of the cracked heels on my Flickr photo page.
You could check out my Flickr photos, (Flickr) username: sdk_frnk

Please reply to my e-mail address.




admin November 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Yes you can take our photo of cracked heels and can upload on Flickr but you have to put our url wacky5.com on side of it.

Frank February 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Many thanks for your reply. Ofcourse I will include your web address along with the photo.

Thanks, once again.


icnu March 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I used to have a crack in my heel and was able to cure it by regularly smoothing it with a fine emory board and applying regular hand cream every evening before bed. I’m constantly barefoot too but probably not as active outdoors as some of the rural population mentioned … I haven’t tried banana yet (would it help to crush bananas underfoot? Hmmmm) but I have a varied diet. With a little constant care the problem never came back.


admin March 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

apply moisturizers on heels wear socks for whole of the day, & wear shoes, do not live bare footed.

manish February 4, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Hello Sir…
I am manish from Jaipur (Raj.) I want advise you and can you give me your contact number.
Please give me your contact detail

Manish Sharma


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