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Dry, cracked heels

shootingstar2011-12-14 14:12:31 +0000 #1
Winter hasn't even started at all yet.

Yet already the skin on my heel has cracked, peeled.

We don't live in a desert, but the prairies are drier. I'm still not used to this.

How do you treat cracked, peeling skin on foot heel? I actually limped abit in the past few days.

Good thing I cycle to work, shop and do stuff.
OakLeaf2011-12-14 14:29:06 +0000 #2
Healing salve like Nubütte: www.inyangi.com/ or calendula ointment or pure raw honey to heal the cracks, Microplane foot file: us.microplane.com/mi...ile-paddlestyle.aspx to keep it from happening again. Don't let the dead skin build up and it can't crack.
jessmarimba2011-12-14 14:39:46 +0000 #3
I use Johnson & Johnson Skin Crack Cream or the burt's bees salve. My fingers used to crack horribly when I played daily - wooden sticks and mallets just suck moisture out of your hands. That combined with the occasional ulcer from Raynaud's just makes my hands kind of gross
Owlie2011-12-14 15:17:36 +0000 #4
Frequent application of foot lotion (esp. right after a shower) and wearing socks all the time is probably your best bet. If it's really bad, you may have to gently pumice/"foot file" some places so lotion can actually do its job...

Straight shea butter, or a Bath and Body Works product (I can't think of it right now) work pretty well for me. (I am the queen of cracked heels. It's related to eczema as well as just dry skin for me, so if I'm stressed out, the cracks can get so deep they bleed.)
azfiddle2011-12-14 14:28:23 +0000 #5
Bag balm has worked for me in the past.
shootingstar2011-12-14 14:30:40 +0000 #6
But I've never used a foot file....it doesn't sound like something I should use if the skin is already cracked and trying to heel.
OakLeaf2011-12-14 16:00:52 +0000 #7
File gently. You're right you don't want to be tugging on the skin. But you need to get the dead skin off or it's only going to get worse. That's one reason why I recommended the Microplane (besides its being a high quality tool, made in France): it's meant to be used when the skin is dry, unlike some other tools where you have to soak first and there's a lot of pushing and pulling.
new2ride2011-12-14 16:59:21 +0000 #8
I used to have horrible dry, cracked heels - what a pain. I've used the Ped-Egg to remove skin build-up on my heels. The Ped-Egg has to be used when your feet are dry, never use it after showering. It takes a while for the Ped-Egg to show results, but as long as you're consistant with it, your heels will eventually be smooth. If you decide to use the Ped-Egg, don't place pressure on it, gently rub it back and forth. I also use the Gold Bond lotion, I apply it after I shower and before I go to bed. My heels have never looked better and they are super smooth now.

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