what can i do for crack feet

abby - 26130
By abby - 26130 Latest Reply 2008-12-27 10:53:26 -0600
Started 2008-12-13 20:35:49 -0600

i'm a brittle diabtic and my feet are crack really bad.but i cant afford to buy anything right now.
my husband is getting laid off the week of xmas.
thanks
abby
and i need help with good for for me too eat


15 replies

G Thomas
G Thomas 2008-12-27 10:53:26 -0600 Report

Swiss formulars are very good. The swiss never had problems with skin. Their skin is always great. ST. IVY'S products. They are at Dollar General. Get the ones with Collogen in them. Also, Nivea is great for your feet.

DonnaAnn
DonnaAnn 2008-12-21 04:45:01 -0600 Report

When my feet get that bad, i put either vaseline or bag balm on them at night with white socks and let them soak it up. then in the morning wash them. then after that make sure you lotion them everynight with a lotion. Ask your doctor or call a near by diabetic class and ask them what they recommend.

dj7110
dj7110 2008-12-20 13:39:57 -0600 Report

I use urea cream 40% on mine.. this is available by perscription only.. My feet have been like this for years.. It helps some between my podiatrist apointments.. But has never nor doubt will completely heal. perticularly on my heals. Always dry and cracked.. sometimes they bleed at night and leave the bottoms of bed sheets blood stained.. My Podiatrist grinds the calluses down every 9 weeks..

sexyswamprat
sexyswamprat 2008-12-20 13:30:08 -0600 Report

Abby,

I suggest trying Diabeti-Derm. This foot lotion is a godsend. After one use you wil see and feel such a differance in your feet. I have reviewed this product in the Product Review section and other that have used it feel the same. I highly recommend it. I love it!

Lynda

Headsup
Headsup 2008-12-20 11:59:33 -0600 Report

My doctor told me to put only VASELINE. I ask him, what else? He said absolutely nothing. Vaseline and socks. It works. I agree with keeping dry between the toes. Taking too hot of a shower is bad for lots of reasons. Sorry for your problems…Rhonda

jaclyncrystal
jaclyncrystal 2008-12-19 17:41:16 -0600 Report

Just got home from nurse practicioner to get refitted for new support stocking, they dry out my feet something awful. I put thick lotion or cream on them at night and wear a sock, only one foot - go figure. She just advised me not to put anything between the toes, try to keep them drier, I put lotion on top then socks. Sorry about your husband, it is so awful and is effecting every second family that I know, we are supporting our daughter and her family as best we can. good luck jackie

abby - 26130
abby - 26130 2008-12-14 11:32:14 -0600 Report

thanks everyone for ur help.
i have to watch want i do to my feet i cant feel them due having neuropathy.
yes it does suck that he is getting laid off at xmas time.
has for the food i watch what i eat but now with his lay off
going to be hard afford the food.
thanks
again
abby

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-12-14 11:41:16 -0600 Report

I have been where you are when you feel you need to buy cheaper food instead of the "good" stuff. So what I did if I had to make something cheaper with lots of carbs I would just eat less and do more exercising. We lived on Hamburger Helper and hot dogs a few years ago so I would eat less and made a vegetable and ate more of that. Or a salad. The salad mixes are cheap and the dressings are always on sale. Plus coupons were my lifesaver. Hope some of that helped.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-12-14 11:12:54 -0600 Report

I also do the lotion and put on socks for bed. also i never go barefoot. I have some memory foam slippers I wear around the house everywhere. Also when you can afford it the Ped Egg is excellent also on removing all the dead skin from your feet. It is ten dollars at Wal Mart.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-12-14 07:57:07 -0600 Report

Hi Abby,

I am sorry to hear about your husband's lay-off. You would think that employers would not do that in a holiday week. It just makes things have bad memories.

I used to get cracked feet, and I found that soaking them in warm water and using a calus remover helped. Just go easy on the remover, do only a little each time you soak.

I know you say you cannot afford too much right now. If your cracks are not bleeding ones, then pick up some vasaline from your local Dollar Store. Not lotion, but straight vasaline. Then, just as others have suggested, put that one before bed with socks and it should at least return some of the suppleness to your feet and help stop the cracking.

Once you can swing it, I use Flexitol foot lotion. It is $5 for a tube but a little goes a long way. I have tried many other ones, but this one got rid of my cracks. Once you have them healed up, it is not too hard to keep them happy.

The other thing I would do is try to exercise as much as you can and get the blood circulating. That has helped me a lot with both my neuropathy and my dry feet.

I also had a doctor tell me a long time ago, that I was taking too hot of showers and that added to my foot issues. I am not so sure that is accurate, but I don't do the steamy hot showers anymore either.

As far as foods, a dietion will be able to help you the most. But if you use the search tab in the discussion, type in what you are looking for and you will find a lot of helpful discussions about food, diets, carbs, sweeteners and much more. There is a memeber here who has a great website www.diabetic-diet-secrets.com and it can help a LOT. I have used it quite a bit.

Lisa61611
Lisa61611 2008-12-14 04:00:23 -0600 Report

Abby,

I know that my feet get really dry and cracked during the winter and I will use Avon's Moisture Therapy. It is really really thick…almost like a Vaseline base. I coat my feet with it at night and then put socks on my feet when I go to bed or if I am going out. It will absorbs into your feet and the sock's protect everything else. I will check the bottle to make sure that is the right name on it. I just know it is a really thick.

dyanne
dyanne 2008-12-14 03:09:44 -0600 Report

Hi Iam not a docter I know they sell speacial creams but u said u cant buy anything now. Well if u have any good cream at home put it on at nite and wear white only socks to bed. It should help a bit untill u can get the correct cream .If it does not help maybe your dr. can precribe something u dont have to pay for. Good luck
dyanne

2008-12-19 14:59:00 -0600 Report

I, too, have heard about using the cream and white socks to bed. I was going to suggest that, but then I saw it in your post, as well as another one. Hope the suggestions that are given here works.

PAT L
PAT L 2008-12-13 23:14:18 -0600 Report

MY SKIN DOC TOLD ME TO GET ABSORBASE — ITS FOR DRY SKIN CONDITIONS AN ITS UNSCENTED, THIS WILL KEEP YOUR FEET FROM CRACKING FROM DRY SKIN AN YOU PUT IT ON TWICE A DAY OR WHEN NEEDED. BECAUSE BLOOD DOESNT FLOW TO WELL IN THE FEET WE NEED TO KEEP OIL ON THE DRY SKIN. THIS WILL ALSO HELP PREVENT INFECTIONS FROM STARTING.. HOPE THIS HELPS…

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