Cracked heels are common
Don’t worry that you’ve somehow mistreated your feet because your heels are dry and cracked. “Dry heels – aka xerosis – is very common in the feet and heels because they’re constantly under pressure from shoes and walking,” says podiatrist, Dr Emily Splichal. She adds that cracked heels tend to appear more often during the summer, as feet spend more time exposed and in sandals. “Without proper exfoliation and hydration, the rate of callus or dry heel formation can accelerate,” she says. And of course, if you wear high heels, they do a number on your feet.
Use creams designed for the feet
A regular daily body moisturiser is not going to do enough to benefit cracked heels. Podiatrist, Dr Jacqueline Sutera recommends using creams that are specially formulated for tougher foot skin, including amlactin and kerasal. “These have gentle but effective acids that help break down the callous a little at a time,” she says.
Look for key ingredients
If you’re battling cracked heels, you’ll need to slather moisturiser on your feet daily. Another option is a multitasking product that contains urea, lactic acid, or salicylic acid.