Cracked feet

By lipsie Latest Reply 2009-04-27 11:08:00 -0500
Started 2009-04-24 15:23:08 -0500

I have had a rough time with a right knee problem so can barely walk on it, meanwhile my left foot started excurating pain…its a HUGE crack and with my pressure sores I have already and the Group B Strep I am concerned. Any suggestions? I go back to the Wound Center Tueday. Could this really be a pressure sore also. I was at the ER over my knee and I complained of the foot, he sorta disregarded it but said it could turn into one. I have trouble with BOTH extremities now so this is awful. I have the foot bundled up cuz I can't handle the pain, even on pain medicine. Please help! Thanks Sheila

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shirl914 2009-04-27 03:56:59 -0500 Report


Have you tried Udderly Smooth? You can find it at Walmarts- white square container with black splotches, looks like a cow…hence the name. It has worked for my feet and hands in the past.

silver.lily 2009-04-25 23:43:19 -0500 Report

I have always had really dry feet which have big callous and sometimes will crack and bleed. I have a foot file that is like sandpaper that I use to sand off the biggest of the callous. ( you can get them at wal-mart of like $2) You have to be careful and not sand the callous all the way off otherwise your feet become sore and sensitive.
- After I sand my feet I use some stuff from Bath and body Works called Heal of Approval. It has Glycolic Acid so you have to be carefull. If you sand to deeply and then use the lotion you will be really hurting.
- so after you sand and not to deeply you put on the heal of approval lotion and then some special socks. The socks are designed to not suck up all the lotion on your feet like regular socks do. So the lotion stays on your feet. I do all of this just before bed and then wear the socks all night. When I get up in the morning my feet are so soft and smooth.
- they also have gloves so you can put the lotion on your hands too.
- men can also do this!! If you are imbarased by the little socks just put another regular pair over and no one will see :) My 12 year old sons hands were cracked dry and bleeding so I had him put on some lotion and the special gloves and his hands were almost healed by morning… he sure was imbarased by those pink gloves but liked the fact that his hands had quit bleeding… maybe I will have to dig those out again :) LOL

BekB 2009-04-25 20:06:52 -0500 Report

Aout three months ago, I had cracked heels, too. I have a podiatrist who takes care of my feel. He put me on an antifungal cream because he thought I had some atletes foot going on. I used the cream and it cleared up so he must have been right. I highly recommend you find a podiatrist that will fill your needs.

Judijudi 2009-04-25 19:42:15 -0500 Report

I had a TERRIBLE time for several months last year - my leg was weeping like crazy - went to the wound care center for about 8 weeks and no real resolution — I went to the dermatolgist and he cleared it up in 3 days with two lotions and an oral antibiotic!! He recommended that I use AQUAPHOR on my feet and it works GREAT (when I remember to use it!) It's a thick petroleum based product - if you slather it on at night and wear a sock to help it soak in it really keeps those callouses and cracked heels at bay.

kdroberts 2009-04-25 12:02:31 -0500 Report

You have to get your feet checked out. Things like that can get very nasty very quickly for a diabetic. How are your blood sugar numbers? How well your diabetes is controlled will play a massive role in how quickly things like this will heal and how bad they will get. Not wanting to scare you but it is not unheard of for things like these to take a turn for the worse and end up with an amputation if they are not taken seriously early on.

lipsie 2009-04-25 13:11:10 -0500 Report

Well I do have a scheduled appt w/ a foot dr for the first time coming I think this week, if not next. My sugar is far, not TOO bad actually. ty…I am scared too! I have been. Sheila

kdroberts 2009-04-25 14:02:40 -0500 Report

What does "not too bad" mean? Under 120 fasting, under 150, something else? Under 150 after meals, 180, 200, something else? A1c under 7, under 8, something else?

lipsie 2009-04-27 11:08:00 -0500 Report

fasting varies between 120-160 and after meals can run over 200. Also the doctor JUST gave me a lab slip to check AC1 so we shall see. Thanks! Sheila

shirl914 2009-04-25 05:58:13 -0500 Report

If I may ask…did you get any type of infection from the cracked skin? I recently had my first problem with an open pressure wound on my lower abdomen and have a name of a great prescription antibiotic if you need it…

lipsie 2009-04-25 08:30:49 -0500 Report

I am not sure yet, I DO have a couple pressure wounds right now on my hind end! ULGH hurts. yes, would LOVE the name though! Sheila

shirl914 2009-04-26 07:47:14 -0500 Report


I had a pressure sore on my lower abdomen recently (fighting with it for the last 4 months) and it turned into a staph infection, My Dr. gave me the antibiotic called mupirocin 2% ointment for the wounds and I used it 3 times a day and kept the open wounds covered with gauze- in about 2-3 weeks the wound sealed and is mending great- of course I had to take an oral antibiotic too. so maybe ask your Dr. if this would work for you? Good Luck!

Judimar 2009-04-24 22:24:34 -0500 Report

Hey Shelia!

My podiatrist recommended to me that I moisturize my feet twice a day. I too have extremely dry feet. Sometimes it is so bad they crack open and it is very very painful. Putting lotion on them helps quite a bit.

Best of luck!


dyanne 2009-04-25 01:41:42 -0500 Report

Sheila sorry u are in so much pain . I have found a cream I love and you can find it at target. Its called J.R.Watkins
apothecary… it has shea butter in it. Its about 8 dollars for a3.3oz tube. It is worth it. It says for hands but I tell u it works great. Put it on at night for hands and feet and it really clears them up. If you keep up with it they will stay great. Good luck to u and I hope u feel better soon.
hugs dyanne

lipsie 2009-04-25 08:29:12 -0500 Report

Would the lotion bother the open area??

Judimar 2009-04-25 11:03:02 -0500 Report

I think what bothered the area most was when I touched the cracks to put the lotion on. It may sting a little but try to put it around the area and not directly on the open cracks.

CutiePie2 2009-04-24 20:28:50 -0500 Report

I use Gold bond cream for your feet. It is great. Smells good too. I do have dry feet. I have Type 2. My Endo does check my feet also so does my internis.

mamaoak 2009-04-24 19:41:11 -0500 Report

try alovera moister cream, at night and apaditrus to cut you toe nails it is cover byr most insurance i think.

bigjrm45 2009-04-24 18:02:56 -0500 Report

Hello Lipsie I used to get jungle rot where my feet would crack and as dumb as it sounds I used Bag Balm yes the same stuff they use on catle you can some times find it at your local drug store if not try a feed store it really work good for me.

lipsie 2009-04-25 08:28:06 -0500 Report

I use to use that! But it didn't work the way I wanted but now I would love to use it again cuz my feet are worse than them days.

cyncyn 2009-04-24 17:26:32 -0500 Report

mother-in-law has extremely dry skin. we keep a watch on them(feet) ourselves.does anyone know of a good lotion. we have tried so many, with no results.

keek 2009-04-25 19:24:43 -0500 Report

I use Burt's Bees Hand Creme on my hands and feet. They also have a foot creme, but I haven't tried it yet. The hand stuff works really well and it smells like a banana, yum!

Sarguillo 2009-04-24 16:39:41 -0500 Report

My first Diabetic doctor used to have a sign that said "If you have diabetes, take off your socks". That was the first thing he did with all his diabetic patients. Check their feet. Some insurance, you can get them to pay for medical pedicures. Cutting of your toe nails and such. My, I tend to have calisus at the bottom of my feet and if I dont soak them and remove them, they tend to crack. Put lotion on your feet. Watch for calisus. if you see any spots or discolorations, seek a doctor as soon as is possible. To look at the bottoms of your feet, place a mirror on the floor and hold your foot over said mirror. view your soles. Good luck.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-04-24 15:58:03 -0500 Report

are you seeing an ENDO? The first thing myine does is check my feet. He also recomends that I see a foot Dr, even thou
I don't have any cracks on them. So maybe you should see a foot Dr. and see what he/she says about the cracks.
Take Care, Dan

lipsie 2009-04-25 08:32:51 -0500 Report

I see just a primary doctor that has NEVER looked at my feet. I am not satfisfied with him either BUT around this area with my insurance you don't get much choice. Do I need a referal for a EDNO? I don't know much about ENDO'S. Thanks! Sheila