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What Really Causes Cracked Heels—and How to Get Rid of Them

Best Health Logo By Jessica Migala of Best Health | Slide 1 of 10: 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 New York City podiatrist Emily Splichal, DPM. 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.

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 New York City podiatrist Emily Splichal, DPM. 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.
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