What to do for dry split skin the your heels? My daughter-in-law needs help.
By Shirley from KY
I use a mixture of two things in one overnight process.
1st - I coat my feet in lotion. Don't rub it in too well.
2nd - I sprinkle with Gold Bond Powder, because I like the menthol in it. I suppose some other mentholated type powder or even a cream mixed in with the lotion would work just as well, but Gold Bond is GOOD STUFF....
3rd - I bag my feet in small (unscented) trash bags and slip into my socks.
4th - sleep in this.
5th - Wash thouroughly the next morning.
You can do this as much as you want but watch for irritations the first couple of days.
After her bath or shower, do not dry feet. Coat feet with Vaseline and wear socks to bed. CVS has a very inexpensive cream that works very well. In about three days her feet should be better, but this needs to be done ever couple of days especially during the winter. I learned this from a WWII vet when I was at IU in the 60's. (07/21/2010)
You've already gotten several good suggestions. I either use AandD ointment, or plain Vaseline, and wear thick socks to be to keep it on. (07/22/2010)
I would try virgin coconut oil and put a plastic bag on that, and then a sock over it. Coconut oil has antifungal and antibiotic, and softening properties to it. I use regular coconut oil but if you can find virgin coconut oil that is great too. Failing that, I would do the above actions with crisco shortening or oil. But Crisco doesn't have the same antifungal or antibiotic properties as coconut oil does.
By Robyn Fed
Absolute best stuff I have tried is Aquaphor healing ointment. I had dry elbows that used to hurt they were so dry, and Vaseline and lotions did not touch it. After I used Aquaphor, it worked so well that I discovered my elbows were ticklish! Haha, that's a sensation I never remembered feeling before! Plus it's the best balm to use on lips because it does not contain any drying agents that a lot of lip balm companies add to keep customers needing to use their products :) Amazing stuff, you can buy it in small tubes now, too. (07/24/2010)
I used to work in a hospital where almost everyone wore Birkenstock shoes and we all had cracked heels. One of the docs came up with the cure. Use a pumice stone in the shower every day and slather on Vick's Vaporub. Works like a charm! (07/28/2010)
I had this problem and after reading one of these posts, I realize it has only been since wearing Birkenstocks!
Anyway, I tried a bunch of things and had failure each time. My husband bought me Earth to Skin's HeelTastic Intensive Heel Therapy. It's a clear tube container like round deodorant. It works wonderfully! It has a lot of oils in it. I love it. I apply after my shower, then again before bed. Hubby got it at Bed, Bath and Beyond for around $15-$20, but you can now find it almost anywhere for $10. (Also on TV.) I noticed significant difference by day three. Don't forget to pumice off the dead skin in the shower. (07/28/2010)
What is causing this dry skin? I get it in the summer from wearing sandals all the time. I can prevent it by keeping the calluses worn off with a foot scraper or pumice stone. I do this when my feet are dry - before the shower or tub, as it is far more effective then! If I should get careless and get cracks, I put band-aids on them, with a petroleum based salve on the crack to aid healing.
I find that it takes awhile for the hard dry skin to heal, so sometimes I have to shave/scrape that off so that the new skin underneath can heal and not be re-opened constantly. If I had many cracks, I would use the salve and plastic bag and socks to bed remedy, as that sounds like it would work. (07/28/2010)
Slather on Vaseline at bedtime covered with socks. Simple and cheap.
I had a friend give me a pair of soothing socks. They were the kind with gel in a slipper sock. Gave me foot butter to use too. It was a gift, not a gag type. She thought I might try it. (07/29/2010)
A warning about using the Vicks Vaporub on cracked skin. If the cracks are severe and there is bleeding it is NOT recommended. Got that from Walking Magazine. (08/05/2010)
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