Post # 1
Does anyone have heel cracks and any tips on how to deal with them?
I’m in so much pain i wanna cry right now…mainly because i know how much more walking around i have to do today. OUCH!
The only thing that i find that works is soaking my feet, slathering on vaseline/urea-based lotion, putting on saran wrap and just leaving them. That’s kinda hard in the summer.
Post # 3
This will sound odd, but it could be athlete’s foot. Walmart has really cheap store brand creams. (I’m constantly barefoot in a yoga studio, so will use it for prevention).
Post # 4
There are lots of products out there. Maybe some work better than others. Instead of using Saran Wrap just slather on your product and wear socks/footies. That is what I do in the winter for dry skin and I’m sure it would be more comfortable for you in the summer.
Post # 5
Ugh, heel cracks are the worst. I find that it really helps to use a pumice stone to keep my skin soft (obv, tough to do this when you already have the cracks because they hurt), and I absolutely swear by the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Foot Cream (http://www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Norwegian-Formula-Cream-Rough/dp/B001E96OCO). It can be tough to find in stores, but it is the best. I slather it on after I shower, and put on a pair of cotton socks for a few hours to let the lotion really sink in. In a pinch, you can substitute petroleum jelly.
To get rid of the heel cracks you already have, I suggest using Neosporin.
The best way to get rid of/prevent heel cracks is also the hardest: you have to wear real shoes, no sandles or clogs. The way it’s been explained to me is that your heel is like a tomato, and the weight of your body pushing on it is what causes the cracks (kind of like if you pushed down on a tomato, it would do the same). Wearing shoes that have support under your foot and surround your heel completely means that your heal doesn’t have room to squish out.
Post # 6
Thanks for the suggestions ladies….
I remember a nurse-friend of mine suggested (as crazy as it sounds), super-glue, as a temporary fix. I did try it, and it worked to seal up the cracks so i could walk around.
Post # 7
I have this problem. I get pedicures and they do a bunch of stuff to help them. I notice the more I wear flip flops the worst they get. So I started trying to wear different shoes.
Post # 8
The key is prevention- taking care of your feet on a regular basis so the skin doesn’t dehydrate. Dry skin can’t stretch to accomodate the heel pad when you put weight on it. Open back shoes or sandals also allow the heel to expand and expose the skin to drying elements.
Use a pumice stone on the calluses as they are most likely to crack. Apply a highly moisturizing lotion- look for urea as an ingredient. Do this on a regular basis.
Post # 9
@mwitter80: I agree…flip flops make it worse!
But, since I rarely wear anything else these days I rely on GoldBond foot cream. haha it might make me sound like I’m 80 years old but I swear it makes my heels soft and helps with cracking especially when I save money and skip pedicures.