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.Â We are talking about dry, cracked heels and the women (or men) who pick at them.
â€œIt is one of those secret addictions or compulsions,â€ says Suzanne M.Â Levine, DPM, a podiatrist at the Institute BeautÃ© in New York City. â€œWe can see rips and tears that donâ€™t coincide with blisters or seem to be related to increased pressure on the heel,â€ she says.
And yes, itâ€™s a cosmetic concern, but this habit can also increase risk for infections and may be a red flag for more ser