Cracked Heels/Thick skin
Heel cracks can get so deep that they may be painful to walk on and may even bleed. A crack can provide an opening for bacteria or fungus to grow and spread, which could lead to an infection. That’s why it’s important to protect your heels!
Wearing tight-fitting shoes and layers of nail polish increases the risk of developing toenail fungus. Nail Fungus can be spread person-to-person in public areas, such as locker rooms and showers. Having a chronic condition that affects your circulation, such as diabetes, or HIV also increases your risk.
Symptoms of cracked heels
If the cracks are bad enough there will be pain on standing, that is not there when weight is off the heel. The edges or rim around the heel will generally have a thicker area of skin (callus). Wearing open or thin soled shoes usually make the symptoms worse.
Some people tend to have a naturally dry skin that predisposes them to the cracks. This dry skin around the heel that is more likely to crack is often due to mechanical factors that increase pressures in that area (eg the way you walk).
Other factors that can be involved in the cause of cracked heels include:
**Never try to reduce the hard skin yourself with a razor blade or a pair of scissors. There is a risk of an infection developing and taking too much off.