Dry, cracked heels are common in the winter, but there are several ways to prevent and treat the problem, a skin specialist says.
"Cold, dry weather, walking barefoot, and long, hot showers are just some of the reasons why you may have dry, cracked heels this winter," dermatologist Dr. Patrick Blake said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release.
"Understanding what causes dry, cracked heels and taking steps to prevent them can relieve the itch and pain that they can cause and leave you with softer, healthier skin this winter," he added.
Blake offered a number of tips:
"Sometimes, cracked heels are caused by a medical condition, such as diabetes," Blake said. "If your dry, cracked heels are severe or do not improve after following these tips, talk to a board-certified dermatologist."
There's more on the causes and care of dry skin at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, news release, Feb. 1, 2022