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  • Chapped & cracked heels? SOS from a farm girl

    Disclaimer - Most winters starting in late January I can rely on my tried-n-true routine of shower, pumice stone the rough spots and then different moisturizers (Nutragena, Burt's Bees, Bag Balm) followed up by a toasty pair of cotton socks...but this year it is an early onset of painful cracks that have me going a bit batty.

    I caved yesterday and bought Burt's Coconut Creme for feet - it's helping after 5 rounds last night but I am feeling the burn and it's only 4pm. Prior to that purchase the Peppermint foot lotion was doing the job beautifully.

    Any suggestions? Advice?
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    Exfoliate! Build up of callous causes cracking. If you can swing a pedicure than splurge for it. I've got this feet phobia (hate people feet) combined with ticklishness (is that a word?) but I get a ped 1-2x per year.

    Anyway, there are some decent products to help remove foot callous and get a decent pedicure file.

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    • #3
      What about Udder Cream? Shouldn't burn, and is deliciously creamy and hydrating.
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      • #4
        What a 'timely' thread! My heels are chapped and cracked too - noticed it when I couldn't get my socks off, then dragged the bathroom rug behind me halfway across the floor. Goodness.

        I blame my stupid barn/snow boots that are 4 times my normal size (for 'layering') - I can't even pick up my feet to walk...have to drag my feet or leave the boots behind And still, the boots go up and down on the soles of my feet, causing really rough skin.

        Did I just hijack your thread???? Sorry. Back to reading everyone's responses.

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        • #5
          Okay, really simple and my dh figured it out first He told me that before he came to bed, he rubbed a ton of vaseline into his heels, then put some lotion over that (I don't think it made any diff what kind, might have been Eucerin). Put fat socks on his feet. Did this quite a few nights in a row - voila, softer heels, cracks eventually healed up.

          So I tried it and voila - no expensive creams necessary. I shouldn't do wait, but I usually refuse to bother until they are so cracked that it hurts to walk (high desert, no freaking humidity here at all now). But I notice a vast difference the next morning, and after a few days, no problems.

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          • #6
            Yes, my regimen is to use the "cheese grater" looking pedicure thingy EVERY day. Then EVERY night put a TON of Eucerin on my feet and sleep in socks. Then EVERY morning put Curel Foot lotion on.

            This helped a bunch and my feet are looking good and feeling good. BUT, if I miss a day or 2, cracks start reappering.

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            • #7
              I've been in the same boat. After using the pumice stone I slather Vaseline on my heels and under my toes followed by a pair of cotton socks. I know this is what most people do but, in the following day I make myself take the time to re-coat and change socks at least once to twice a day. Then the do over at night.It helps and mine were bloody.
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              • #8
                Forgot to add that I use the pumice stone too.

                If I would show some patience, and continue to do this vaseline/Eucerin/sock with a swipe in the shower of the pumice on a more regular basis (ie before it reaches a critical point), I wouldn't have cracked heels in the first place. Mine too were cracked to the bleeding point, mutiple places.

                I am glad to not be alone in this battle

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SuperSTB View Post
                  Exfoliate! Build up of callous causes cracking. If you can swing a pedicure than splurge for it. I've got this feet phobia (hate people feet) combined with ticklishness (is that a word?) but I get a ped 1-2x per year.
                  OMG I have that SAME phobia! I HATE people feet- So gross!

                  I am happy to hear that you can tolerate a pedicure, though, because I am in desperate need of one, as I neglect my poor feet. I've never gotten one because of the aforementioned foot issue. But now I'll have to give it a shot!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by oharabear View Post
                    OMG I have that SAME phobia! I HATE people feet- So gross!

                    I am happy to hear that you can tolerate a pedicure, though, because I am in desperate need of one, as I neglect my poor feet. I've never gotten one because of the aforementioned foot issue. But now I'll have to give it a shot!
                    Oh it is soooooo worth it. I put it off for years until I was pregnant with my son and it was just easier to not try and navigate around the belly! Anyway- I made mention of my creeped out aversion to feet. I distracted myself with music and good reading material! Now it kind of old hat in a way as long as I'm not sitting next to someone else getting a ped!

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                    • #11
                      Kerasal AL daily foot lotion (exfoliating moisturizer)....wonderful stuff. I have boot feet and this stuff works wonders. Slather on after a shower and the next day you will notice a difference. use a pumice stone and the callouses just disappear.
                      I have used it on my rough hands also. Only thing I have noticed with it is it feels slimy when feet are sweaty

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                      • #12
                        I have very severe heel cracks. They're huge, deep and incredibly painful. It looks like I've got deep surgical cuts in the back of my heels. They wake me up in the middle of the night turning over in bed.

                        I don't know how bad yours are, but a pumice stone would probably make me pass out. Maybe once I get the dang things to heal up but for now, heck no.

                        Best thing I've found is Jergens Foot Cream, 2x a day. If I miss even one, my heels split back open.
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                        • #13
                          My Secret Weapon

                          Pumice stone in the shower is a must.
                          Then I use a bar of solidified beeswax/safflower oil/vitamin E I find in groceries by the specialty honeys - generally in an endcap.
                          (weird - it is never by the lotions or skin stuff).
                          It looks like a bar of soap and the heat from your body liquifies it without it becoming greasy - absorbs instantly.
                          Costs about $5 but lasts a good long time.

                          My heels can no longer be used to crack Brazil nuts.
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                          • #14
                            Try some Vit E oil, plus remember to drink lots of water during the weather months.... it important for your skin / feet

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                            • #15
                              I slather on copious amounts of vaseline, then stick my foot in a plastic bag with a loose hair tie around my ankle to hold it on. Usually right before bed, and I sleep with it on.

                              It's kinda gross, but it's cheap, and it works really well.
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                              • #16
                                Boudreau's (sp?) Butt Paste. No kidding. My husband has feet that look like tectonic fault zones normally, and this stuff does wonders.

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                                • #17
                                  Zin's Crack Creme:

                                  http://www.crackcreme.com/

                                  Also, I like the wood files with sandpaper on them in the pedicure section better than the pumice stone. They take more off faster.

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                                  • #18
                                    I use Udderly Smooth udder cream on my horribly cracked hands (exzema, allergies.. the works!) It doesn't linger on the skin long, only burns a little on open spots, and moisturizes very nicely. If I put it on twice a day my hands are nice and soft
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                                    • #19
                                      Flexitol heel cream is amazing. One night on your feet & you'll see a difference in the morning. Also think of alternating it's use with an anti-fungal cream such as many times these rough areas are from a fungal infection that you don't know you have. We do this with our patient's who have cracks that develop into wounds. Works wonderfully
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                                      • #20
                                        Fellow sufferer here. I use a really rough pumice stone and follow with Badger brand massage oil (Whole Foods or other health store)

                                        Then with a lot of the oil on put on socks and leave on over night. I also put the oil on under socks during the day. NO stinging and works nicely.
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