Some women will do it until they bleed, and can no longer walk without pain. While others may just feel ashamed during a pedicure or when wearing sexy, sling-back sandals. We are talking about dry, cracked heels and the women (or men) who pick at them.
“It is one of those secret addictions or compulsions,” says Suzanne M. Levine, DPM, a podiatrist at the Institute Beauté in New York City. “We can see rips and tears that don’t coincide with blisters or seem to be related to increased pressure on the heel,” she says.
And yes, it’s a cosmetic concern, but this habit can also increase risk for infections and may be a red flag for more serious psychiatric issues such as