Any One Have a Great Solution to Dry, Scaly, Cracked Feet?
April 10, 2013
Palo Alto, CA
My heels are really nasty - dry, scaly (with dead skin) and one is even starting to crack and hurt. They're gross in the summer too, but not usually so bad. It's sooo tedious using a pumice stone or the "Ped Egg" (my callouses are really thick), though it does help some. Does anyone out there have any other suggestions on how to get my feet looking normal again :)?
Use super glue or super glue gell inside the cracks. Experiment-one holds deeper and the other stays put longer on top. Have someone help you if you can't reach a crack. Experiment with the glue and the gell to see which works best for you. When I was in emergency for a bad nail scratch/cut, the doctor glued it right up. But it was my dermatologist who gave me the idea. It works well around the fingers too. It may have to be redone frequently. Before I used petroleum jelly and socks at night and still use the jelly and bandaids when I don't have superglue on hand or if the crack is to small for me to apply the glue by myself with my nondominant hand.
I think everyone has adequately covered the topic of topical treatments for dry scaly skin on the heels, but alas, often it is what is going on INSIDE our bodies that is the cause. Keep in mind that this is simply a suggestion and not a diagnosis, but dry scaly heels are a common sign for low thyroid function. You should see a professional health care specialist for further evaluation. So many women go underdiagnosed for subclinical hypothyroidism. It is worth it to at least rule it out!
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** haven't read other responses, so sorry if it's a duplicate **
I rely on Kerasal during the summer months when I'm not wearing socks. Lifesaver!! http://www.kerasal.com/ You can get it at any drugstore like Walgreens or CVS & you just rub a small bit in, then wear socks overnight & voila! Beautiful feet again :) The key to prevention is, of course, wearing socks as much as possible or better yet, lotioning your feet after a shower, then wearing socks. But during the warmer months, just put on the Kerasal at night & you're good to go!
I have been a manicurist for almost 10 years. I highly encourage you to stop using the pedi egg and the pumice stone. They are harsh on your feet and often create the skin to grown more. We grow calluses to protect our feet so the more you try to cut them off (which is what the pedi egg is doing) the worse they get. Try using the foot paddle from OPI foot file http://www.theindustrysource.com/content/opi-pedicure-opi... Keep this one in your shower and at the end of your shower use the ruff side first and then the smooth side.
and the Checi foot file for out of the shower. http://www.theindustrysource.com/content/checi-pro-nickel... Use once feet are dry and then apply a heavy cream and socks.
http://www.spablends.com --has great body butters and scrubs.
You have to be very consistant and try to wear cream and socks as much as possible. It will take time. They didn't get that way over night and won't heal overnight either. I would stay away from prodcuts with salt as they are drying. If you are going to soak them I would suggest soaking them with a moisturizing solution. Good luck!
I would suggest a warm nightly soak in a plastic or metal dishpan with epsom salts.
Take a shower first and let your feet get wet, then soak in the epsom salts with water as warm as you can stand it. Soak for at least 20-30 minutes or until the water gets cool. Then, with just a dry wash rag or towel, wipe your feet to rub that dead skin off. Put on cotton socks to run around the house until ready for bed and your feet are good and dry. Then let your feet get air while you sleep and do the same thing the next night.
I broke my leg and my skin was so dry and gross after getting the cast off. Talk about gross! I couldn't believe the amount of stuff that came off my skin by just soaking my leg in a huge cooking pot. The first time I did it, we changed the water about 4 times because without even rubbing, the salts started fizzing that icky stuff off. And it feels so good! You can even buy epsom salts at Safeway, it's not hard to find, very inexpensive, and just soaking will help exfoliate.
Once you've soaked some of that stuff off you can get a pedicure and my favorite is the warm wax treatment. Your feet will be SO soft!
Keep in mind that calluses could be forming from wearing ill fitting shoes.
My advice is to soak, soak, soak. Then try the creams.
I am a massage therapist and love doing foot treatments for my clients. A favorite is doing a scrub, rinse, then a shea butter. I then wrap the feet in cellaphane, then put the socks on. Leave on for about 1/2 hr. to let the cream get to body temp. and absorb better. That way it doesn't get all in your socks first! I have heard that if you are too agressive with the exfoliation the skin goes into heal mode and over produces cells. A light filing with a foot paddle (i can send you one) is ideal.
Mine are really bad, too! Ped Egg does not leave my skin smooth at all, so it actually makes it worse for me. Pumice stones don't work for me either. Instead, I actually use a callous shaver, usually before the cracking begins. Just be gentle if you go this route.
Yes, socks over lotion works well at night, unless you're like me and can't sleep with stuff on your feet. But, you could also do that during the day.
Someone gave me a tube of Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme a while back, and I find it to be pretty good. You just rub it in before bed, and then sleep in a pair of light cotton socks (so it doesn't stain your sheets). The first time I used it I was amazed because the next morning I could actually see and feel the difference. Worth a try.
I have a diamond file that I use. It wasn't inexpensive (49.95 @ Bliss (www.blissspa.com))but so worth every penny . It reduces your cllouses to a super fine powder leaving your feet so smooth. I do find though without regular lotion application, they harden up quickly. I've used miracle foot repair and it works well. But most often use the Shea butter hand cream from L'Occitane
There are products you can find in the grocery store or drug store that will remove the dead skin. If you are sensitive to chemicals, this may not be the best choice for you. You can rub some baby oil into the dry skin to keep it from getting more cracked and then just work at it gradually.
Also to help *prevent* this in the future: Use a scrub brush (a large nail brush) regularly on your feet to remove dead cells, and periodically use a "salt scrub" or "sugar scrub" (Trader Joes and Origins are two stores I know that carry these). These have oils to soften the skin and seal in moisture, and the salt or sugar crystals are a natural exfoliant. It also smells good--often citrus scented.
If you walk around barefoot or sockless, friction is a contributing factor...try wearing soft slippers or sneakers at home.
I have read all the other replies,because I have this problem myself. I might try some of the lotions advised, but I like the Gold Bond the best. I also use my Dremel(cordless small drill like appliance)with a sanding tube on it. I use it outside, just because it is in our shop. I know some people will be shocked and say don't do it, but I have used mine for years. It is easy, doesn't take a long time, and if you are careful, it really won't hurt.You know when you have taken off enough, it leaves your feet smooth, and is very timesaving. You will see some pedicurists(?) use something similar. It fits in your hand, and is very manueverable. Easy, Easy, Easy!
Good luck with whatever you try.
I have the same problem and have found what works best for me is Vick's Vapor rub. Rub in all over your feet and put socks on after. Do this at night before bed, and after three to four days, the skin softens up. You will probably need to use the ped egg at least once to clean up the dead skin. I follow up about once a week doing this just to keep the skin soft.
I hope this works for you.
I've had the same issue as of late. I used Flexitol (available at Target, any drugstore, even the grocery store). I used it twice a day for about a week before it cleared up. Then I use it once a week before I go to bed to keep it cleared up. If your feet are like mine, a pedicure won't help much until after you have solved the problem with the cracks. Also, I can scrub with all sorts of files/pumice and it still did not help until the cracks were gone. Good luck to you :)
I would suggest getting a pedicure on a regular basis.
There is some cream that you can get OTC and use that really helps that is made for rough heels. Also just putting cream on your feet morning and night helps. We use Gold Bond plus MaryKay has this cream that is pinkish and thick and really penetrates in... occasionally I use this at night and wear socks to bed.
Also, soaking your feet on a regular basis and then applying cream and socks afterwards would be a good idea.
I have this same problem in the winter... the only thing I've found is to soak my feet and then consistently use the pumice stone on it... I usually try to soak once a week and do some touch up quick scrapes towards the end of the shower mid week. Bath and Body Works makes a peppermint oil for soaking feet that is sooo good, it really helps to soften those calluses before you scrub them! Good luck... Consistency is the key!!! ;0
Oh, can I relate! Rather than a pumice stone, I prefer the type with a handle (like a large file). I work on my feet in front of the TV after a shower. When my feet are extra rough, it takes 20-30 minutes a day over several days, then a couple of times a week for maintenance. I also get cracks when the dead skin thickens, but no problem if I don't let the dryness build up. Good luck!
I had the same thing and bought some Aquaphor at Walgreen's, applied it to my heels every night for 10 days and they were healed. I now use it every week or so for a night if I notice my heels are drying...
Hi PC ~
I used to have really, calloused, dry feet when I was younger. Then, I started using Mary Kay cosmetics and I started using the Extra Emollient Night Cream. (It's really thick and it's orange in color). You can use it at night and I even used it during the day after I shower. It really made a difference and now I use it only when I notice that my feet get dry. It may be uncomfortable to use at first, but it is so worth it. The tube will last you for almost a year. It's easy to apply if you wet your hands with warm water first. Good luck!
I had really bad dry feet too.._ntil my mother in law suggested using the lotion Amlactin. It has worked wonders on my feet! I use it every night, with socks. My skin is soft and no longer peels.
I totally get it. A pedicure can work wonders, and it is a great start. Once some of the calluses are gone, the next step and my personal secret is AQUAPHORE. It's a thick cream by Eucerine, and it is unbeatable. (target or pharmacy) I slather it on my feet and then sleep with socks on. Easy as can be for a busy momma and keeps those feet soft and supple.
I have been to Charisma Salon in MLP, ###-###-####, several times and really like them. I let them know when I call that I need callus removal and they leave a little extra time to file for me. Clean, reasonable prices, and they never make me feel like a leper for having ugly calluses. Enjoy!!!
I have found that if I use a heel stone AFTER showering, it really helps. I bought a Dr. Scholls (I think). It has a blue handel and white stone. I scrubbed for 15-30 seconds every day then put on some lotion/moistureizer. Now that my heels are back to normal, I only scrub a few times a week. I am also trying to not to wear shoes with open heels too often (during non-winter months, that's all I wear). Just be deligent in exfoliating and moisturizing.
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Since I didn't read any of your responses I am sure that you recieved many great ideas. I just want to tell you some of what I do for my feet.
Since I don't wear shoes all the time the bottoms of my feet are like mocacins. I do use the "egg" and all the rest. I have found that if I use Avon's skin-so-soft on my feet and then wear socks at night. This has been a wonderful solution.
You might want to check with your local beauty school and see if they take care of toes and feet. This is very cheap to have done there. You might want to make an appt. with a foot specialist, and get advice. Because we have family members that are Diabetics, so they have to be very careful they have thier feet done weekly by a foot specialist. I really wish you luck and hope that youwill let us know how you do with this. My friend Pat invited me to a Aurbon party ( natural products) she used a dishpan with regular pebbles in it and scented oils to soak our feet and then do a massage with rubbing the feet over the rocks. It felt like heaven. NANA GLENDA
Hi, I have the same problem. I get a pedicure every 2 weeks in the summer and about every 3 or so weeks in the winter. The girls at the salon says to put vasoline on your heals at night with cotton socks. It is supposed to help. You are supposed to do it every night in order for it to work. Good luck
Please don't be mad at me. But I almost threw up a little bit when you sai they were thick. I'm sorry I'm not trolling or anything but just go see a doctor or something, btw I'm a happily married man who's wife has beautiful well taken care of feet.
My feet have always generated huge thick calluses. Ped eggs and pumice stones do nothing at all! I have trimmed my calluses with scissors! I have tried the creams that promise to fix cracked heels (Flexitol, Miracle Foot Creme,various mint foot creams, vaseline). They help with cracking but the calluses stay just as thick. Most recently, I have tried Clotrimazole Cream antifungal 1%. This is for atheletes foot, which I definitely do not have, but there are many types of fungases. The clotrimazole has really helped a lot, thinning my calluses and helping keep them down. I put it on in the morning before I put on my socks. It is not nearly as greasy and nasty as the heel creams so it does not ruin my socks or shoes. I am sure wearing socks to bed with the cream would help, but my toes get claustraphobic. Good luck!
I know exactly how you feel. I'm going through the same thing myself. I have used the Ped Egg and while that does help it's not enough. The thing that seems to be working for me right now is always wearing socks, but I put alot of lotion on my feet first. I never go bare foot around my home in the winter, because when I do the trouble starts again. Good Luck.