dry cracked heels - page 2

by birdgardner, BSN, RN | 17,997 Views | 36 Comments

We've had shoe threads, hand threads, hair threads, scrub threads, boob threads - now a heel thread? The skin on my heels is dry and cracked and the more I'm on my feet and walking, the more I hit that stress point and crack... Read More


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    Crack cream from Walmart is great
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    I use the ped egg then apply "Body Butter-Cocoa Butter" from The Body Shop. Apply this after every shower or foot soak.
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    i have seen ped egg advertised all over the place but i didn't kow if it was any good or not

    btw, i thought i was the only barefoot person around
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    OK I have some suggesstions to try:

    1. Buy some Stridex pads (yes for ACNE) make sure they are Salicylic acid........apply b/f you go to bed to the rough areas...allow to dry and then apply any thick foot or cream....body butters,Nivea in the tin...things like that and if you can apply some socks or slipper socks. Do this every noc until soft and then just as needed.

    2 The ped egg works pretty well for superficial dryness but I still have to use the above if they are in bad shape
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    What NursePaula says about Vicks Vaporub is true. There is a Dr. Gott that runs a column in the local papers who says he learned of this from one of his patients. Many people have written him and said it works wonders.

    Another remedy for cracked feet, I know this sounds silly, is apple cider vinegar. Just soak your feet in a small tub and add a couple of cups of vinegar. It takes about a week or two. Being a barefoot gal myself, I am always on the lookout for ways fix the cracks!
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    I have a Ped-Egg and LOVE it!

    Might be a silly question-but what do the stridex pads do for the cracked /dry heels?
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    Quote from leeae85
    Might be a silly question-but what do the stridex pads do for the cracked /dry heels?
    Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that eats away dead skin cells. Stridex pads contain salicylic acid

    I use tons of creams for dry, cracked heels. I guess running around the whole day is hard on the skin of your feet, as well as the feet themselves. I find that Gold Bond Foot Cream (with urea) works best for me. I don't use pumice stones or files, they actually worsen the condition by making the skincell buildup faster than usual. A hard foot brush, some exfoliating cream and good foot cream are enough.
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    Our foot nurse uses the apple cidar vinegar too.

    I use a ped-egg type of product and love it. Use it after you get out of the shower when your feet are still a little damp. I use Kerasil, I think that's what it's called.

    Quote from lvnhopeful
    What NursePaula says about Vicks Vaporub is true. There is a Dr. Gott that runs a column in the local papers who says he learned of this from one of his patients. Many people have written him and said it works wonders.

    Another remedy for cracked feet, I know this sounds silly, is apple cider vinegar. Just soak your feet in a small tub and add a couple of cups of vinegar. It takes about a week or two. Being a barefoot gal myself, I am always on the lookout for ways fix the cracks!
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    listening to "of consuming interest" a radio talk show out of DC, a few years ago...they had a podiatrist on. and he mentioned that if you have been using moisturizing cream on those dry heels, and it isnt working....it is because it isnt simple dry skin....it is a fungal infection...albiet a dry infection, not the "athlete's foot" variety, this, i would think, explains why the Vicks and kerasil are working.....and maybe the Stridex as well......and the urea......good luck
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    Thanks for starting this thread. Alot of great ideas. My feet are very dry and used to crack. But not as bad now that I am not a bedside nurse and on my feet as much. ( i just realized that)


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