My feet are so dry! Any suggestions.

By ravenmoon33 Latest Reply 2011-06-07 20:04:34 -0500
Started 2011-06-01 19:14:11 -0500

Hey everybody,

I have read a lot of articals about foot care and such, but I am still having problems keeping my feet (especially my heels) from cracking and being dry. It has been a struggle for me since pre-diagnosis I was the kind of person who never wore shoes. Now I have vowed to never go outside barefoot again and use foot cream twice daily, always wear socks, and pumice my feet once a week to remove the caluses. I still get deep cracks in my heels and am afraid that they will be come infected.

Can anyone offer some suggestions? What kind of creams or lotions do you use on your feet? What kind of socks do you wear? How do you treat cracked heels?

50 replies

Ralph 2011-06-04 21:01:26 -0500 Report

Hi, I took classes at my local hospital and they told us to read the lable and make sure whatever cream we used to be sure that it did not have any alcohol in it because it would dry your feet out. I had a frield tell me about a cream which works good for me, I get it at Wal Mart it is Udder Cream. It has no alcohol in it. They also told us a good time to put on cream is right after you wash and dry your feet. Good Luck and God Bless.

chloeloveu 2011-06-04 11:27:24 -0500 Report

coconut oil 100% and get a pedicure at least once a month, this will help with the cracks as I get them every summer and this is the only way to keep the cracks under control. make sure when you get a pedicure, they clean out the basin first so that there aren't any xtra germs in there before they fill it up with water

jcoul50 2011-06-04 09:10:53 -0500 Report

i bought lubriderm advanced theerapy for extra dry skin and use it on my feet every day after my shower. it keeps your feet from drying out and cracking

Ashalka 2011-06-03 19:12:50 -0500 Report

I have the same problem & i hate shoes so I spend a lot of time barefoot(shhh don't tell) but I recently got a prescription for Ammonium Lactate Cream 12% works like a charm. If you cant get that the Vaseline & socks at bedtime also works great! Also drink lots of water!!

Karenmelinda 2011-06-02 23:08:14 -0500 Report

I have the same problem with my heels. I use Neosporen ointment on the crack and cover it for a couple of days with a huge bandaid. It works like a charm. I put it on at night. Since Neosporen is an antibiotic cream, no infections. I cannot stand to sleep in socks. My feet get too hot.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:21:25 -0500 Report

Great idea. The antibiotic and the "vasoline", white petrolium base of the cream that is. Helps with the worry about infection. Thanx for your help.

tweetydele 2011-06-02 21:23:28 -0500 Report

i use vaseline on my feet at nite and put socks on works great and makes feet really soft and cheap too

bamagal1963 2011-06-02 21:33:13 -0500 Report

I have to keep my husbands feet well for him cause he is an invalid and has severe diabetes. I have found Heal Tastic works fantastic and heals his cracked heals right up and he can leave his socks off during the summer and winter if he wants to. Its a bit greasy but after you apply it, put socks on at night when you go to bed so it don't rub off onto your sheets. You will find your feet healing up in a few days.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-06-02 16:20:11 -0500 Report

I have the same problem and I wash my feet really well before bed and then smear my heels with vicks and then put on socks. Works like a charm!! And it's cheap. I always go barefoot. I hate shoes. Just have to really careful!!!

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:13:49 -0500 Report

Thanx for responding. Never thought of using Vicks…does it burn?

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-06-06 14:24:23 -0500 Report

Nope! It feels really good. It even says to use this on cracked skin.

Copperchef 2011-06-02 16:08:08 -0500 Report

I had a severly broken ankle and leg once and was in a full leg and foot cast for over 6 mos. The cotton wrappings caused my foot and ankle to dry out. My ortho told me about Gormel creme and I have been using it ever since. The stuff is fantastic.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-04 12:32:37 -0500 Report

I also had a severly broken ankle and leg. I slipped in the kitchen and it broke my ankle and shattered my leg bone. They put in a lot of pins and a steel plate. I was in a cast 6 months and on crutches for another 3 months.
I have a problem with my heels getting dry and cracking. I use Gold Bond Ultimate healing once a week along with Glycerin & Rose Water. I put it on thick and cover it with white cotton socks at night and sleep in it. My heels and feet stay soft for a week.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:11:55 -0500 Report

Thanx for the reply. Where do you get Gormel creme?

Dixiemom 2011-06-02 15:24:53 -0500 Report

I still go barefoot in the house. My cfeet were a mess, dry and scaly and starting to crack. I started out with Cereve' and that did help. Now I switch between Eucerin and Bath & Body Just For Feet with Shea Butter. This has helped a lot.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:11:02 -0500 Report

Yea i think it would be better if I didn't go barefoot in the house. I stubbed my toe the other day and had a bit of a scare cause it broke the skin. Maybe I need to invest in a good pair of slippers, lol. Thanx for the reply.

swanslake54 2011-06-02 14:01:24 -0500 Report

Gormel Creme is the best for problem feet. I came close to losing my left foot because of poor circulation, my foot turned very dark and my little toe was black. I found a wonderful podiatrist (the first one did nothing for me). This creme soften my feet, the crust on the little toe just came of one day, it was the shape of the toe. My daughter thought my toe had fallen off when I showed it to her. That was in Feb. I just purchased another jar yesterday, my hands are softer from applying it to my feet. This is amazing stuff.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:09:38 -0500 Report

Thanx for the suggestion. Where do you get it?

swanslake54 2011-06-03 16:25:14 -0500 Report

I bought it directly from my podiatrist. I call ed the pharmacy yesterday, to see if he had it in stock. he checked and said it must be something they (podiatris) have locked in his suppliers didn't have it.

dmax32 2011-06-02 10:16:01 -0500 Report

I found the stuff I have seen advertised Heal Tastic it is a bit greasy so I put socks on after I apply and it works. I also have to pumice and still tend to get cracks because I don't apply the heal tastic or lotions enough and I am a barefoot person as well. I need to just do it once a week with the heal tastic and lotions in between.. I have not tried any of the diabetic stuff yet simply because of cost the Heal Tastic is found at Walgreens and it is $10 and last a long while!

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:08:24 -0500 Report

Yea most of the diabetic specific stuff is pretty pricey. If I can get away with a regular product that is half the price, why not, right? Thanx for the reply.

dietcherry 2011-06-02 09:58:11 -0500 Report

I use Miracle Heel Repair cream. It contains aloe vera and cocoa, mango, and shea butters, so its very emollient. I love cocoa butter and aloe vera and use them all over.

alanbossman 2011-06-02 08:33:54 -0500 Report

You may want to after you shower do not dry your feet, put lotion on your feet while they are wet then put your socks on. The lotion locks in the water and helps keep you feet moist. All of this takes time to heal your feet.

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:05:45 -0500 Report

I have to dry my feet because I am afraid of getting foot fungus (hasn't happened yet but the articles have me scared to death) but I think if I just towel dry them then put the lotion on that would help. Thanx for your suggestion, Alan.

pattroyka58 2011-06-04 14:07:47 -0500 Report

After your shower/bath, before you dry your feet pour a little original Listerine ( or generic) on them and spread it around. Dry the rest of your body first and then PAT dry your feet to absorb the extra Listerine but not wipe it all off. Works for all kinds of fungi and germs. My son used to keep athlete's foot fungus until he tried this - he treated the existing fungus, and then towards the end of the treatment period started using Listerine as well. Even without washing his shoes he's gotten rid of the athlete's foot and his feet are much healthier now.

Nova69 2011-06-01 20:14:41 -0500 Report

I had a deep crack in my heel last winter. The rough edges picked up some lint from my black socks so it looked like a black gash all across the back of my foot. Scared the heck out of me until I realized what had happened. It took several months, but the crack is now gone. I use a product called Diabeti-Derm from Health Care Products (Diabetes Care Division) which is a division of Hi-Tech Pharmaceutical Co. in Amityville NY. It's a blue cream that comes in a short white plastic jar. It works very well and isn't greasy. I've been using it morning and night religiously. Just like you, I also pumice regularly. Good Luck!

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 23:00:23 -0500 Report

I'm sure the black "gash" was scary! Glad it was just lint. Thanx for the recommendation. I'll be sure to check it out.

JoleneAL 2011-06-01 20:07:15 -0500 Report

There is a salve called Corona (yes spelled like the beer). I grew up using it around the farm on animals and ourselves. Its like a bag balm. What I do with my feet is slather it on and put on cotton socks and sleep with them on, or just run around the house in them. It is good for cuts also. I would also suggest if you can afford them, pedi-cures!

edvel54 2011-06-01 19:21:06 -0500 Report

I too went barefooted most of my childhood. I hate wearing socks. I wear compression hose, because I have too. Have you tried putting Vaseline on your feet at night. Slather them , put your socks on and go to bed. They also make socks that have lotion in them that do the same thing. I believe they are made by Med iPad. check out the product reviews

ravenmoon33 2011-06-02 22:59:00 -0500 Report

Gotta check those socks out. Thanx for the reply.

pattroyka58 2011-06-04 14:13:09 -0500 Report

They carry something like that (socks with lotion and aloe in them) in the foot section of my Walmart. Several brands. Personally I've had luck with Dr Scholls diabetic socks, but they're really thick and definitely not for summer!

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