Some heels, like some people, crack under pressure. And your heels are under a lot of pressure. Standing, walking, running – anytime you are up and about, your feet, and your heels, in particular, are taking a beating. This can cause any number of problems after a while, including cracked heels.
One survey conducted by the Institute for Preventive Foot Health found that approximately 20% of American suffer from cracked skin on their feet, primarily on their heels.
Cracks in the skin on your heels happen when the skin becomes too dry. When those dry layers of skin are regularly exposed to pressure and friction, they can harden and build up into thick, dry callouses that will eventually crack. This can make standing or walking uncomfortable or painful.
But since cracks on the heels are primarily caused by dryness, the key to treatment should come as no surprise: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.Read More