Cracked heels which are medically known as heel fissures never ever look good, might be a real nuisance but as they might sometimes lead to more severe concerns if they are not dealt with you need to take them seriously. These are more prevalent in those who have dry skin, are overweight and use footwear with an open heel. A sensible way to take care of them is simply giving the feet a little more attention by starting with a moisturizing lotion on them at least twice a day to start with for that dry skin. Once a day after it has improved will probably be enough. Look for skin lotions or ointments that have a thicker consistency. Many of them incorporate skin-softening agents, such as urea and salicylic acid that can help clear away dead skin cells.
If the cracked heels aren't fixed with that regular use of the cream, then visit a podiatric doctor. They should take away the thicker dead skin and after that if you apply the ointment repeatedly after that, then that ought to help maintain it in check. You could also give your feet additional attention before you go to bed by soaking your feet for around 10 minutes in plain or soapy water. Right after drying the feet then gently rub your heels with a foot filer or something similar to help you get rid of the dead skin. Use a heavier, oil-based cream and then cover with a pair of thin cotton socks or silicone gel heel cup at bedtime to help the moisturizer work. In addition try and address the risk factors for the cracked heels. Shedding weight over the long term may help and try and avoid wearing footwear that are open in the heel region.
Most importantly, don't ignore the dry cracked heels because you can develop deeper fissures in the dermis that increase your likelihood of an infection. When the above self care methods don't help, talk with your doctor regarding additional treatment options that you could have.