The heels and balls of my feet are cracking badly and are very painful. I've tried everything I can think of and need some help because it isn't working. Suggestions please! Thanks so much.
My podiatrist suggested this and it works for me: Before you go to bed, cover cracked area with Udderly Smooth Shea Butter Foot Cream (Walmart), then wrap with Saran wrap and carefully put on a sock. Your feet are so smooth in the morning. It may work just as well with another cream. I think the plastic wrap is the trick. (07/24/2010)
By Betty F.
I have good luck putting on a lot of Vaseline petroleum jelly and then covering with a sock overnight. Also, the foot scraper things (PedEgg thing) works well to get rid of the dry skin. I've also used Heel-Tastic and it works well. (07/27/2010)
I use Olay Quench Body Lotion. It works immediately. I would use it several times a day. I hope it will work as well for you. (07/27/2010)
Fullers Earth is what my husband and I use. Covering with a sock is wise so that it doesn't mark anything else. It soon helps cracks heal up and the hard areas to soften. Hope it works for you. (07/27/2010)
Prevention is the key, once you have them healed. My feet get callused and cracked and dry in the summer because I wear sandals all the time. Use a callus remover on your feet often to get off the hard dry skin. I do this when my feet are dry. It is far more effective than after a tub. I use a metal scraper, which I got in the drug store. I find it is more efficient than a pumice stone. I sometimes use a pumice stone in the shower on wet feet to smooth them out. A really good foot cream used nightly also helps in prevention. (07/27/2010)
This sounds crazy, but it's true. Some fungi cause this like athletes foot fungus. Get some Lotramin and put this on for about two weeks and you may be really amazed. It does eventually come back though, so keep a tube in your house. Good luck. :) (07/27/2010)
Wash and dry your feet thoroughly and use a pumice stone to gently exfoliate the cracked skin. Then use a thick cream all over them. Vitamin E cream works very well, but any dense moisturizer will do. Wear socks at night and make sure you keep something on your feet all the time, shoes, slippers, socks, etc. Walking barefooted will only make things worse. You have to do this every day without fail for it to succeed.
If you are worried about fungus, wipe your feet over with apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball. Give them a good soaking and rinse with warm water. If you suffer from smelly feet, soak them in a tub of water as hot as you can stand with a good handful of table salt, then wash as normal. All these methods will reduce the bacteria on your skin and allow the exfoliating and moisturizing to work properly. (07/27/2010)
By Spanish Girl
Sounds weird, but slather the dry areas of your feet with Vicks Vapo rub. Get a generic, it's cheaper than the name brand. Put it on your feet and put on a pair of socks. Do this before you go to bed. It's the eucalyptus oil in the product that does it. Got this info from my podiatrist. I've used it and it works great! (07/27/2010)
If you are a diabetic, check with the doctor for care. Get Epsom salts, soak your feet for about 30 minutes in the solution mixture on the package. Then smear your feet with triple antibiotic and top that with plain old Vaseline petroleum jelly. Then apply socks. Wear this to bed a couple of nights to a few weeks. Works great without all the fancy creams, etc.
By T&T Grandma
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