There are many potential causes of cracked heels. Dry skin (xerosis) is common and can get worse with wearing open-back shoes, increased weight or increased friction from the back of shoes. Dry, cracked skin can also be a subtle sign of more significant problems, such as diabetes or loss of nerve function (autonomic neuropathy).

Heels should be kept well moisturized with a cream to help reduce the cracking. If an open sore is noted, make an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon for evaluation and treatment.

Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

“Cracked Heels.” Foot Health Facts, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, 2018, https://www.foothealthfacts.org/conditions/cracked-heels.