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Cracked heel balms, do they work?

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babysaurus Mon 15-Jul-13 18:14:29

My heels are looking a bit worse for wear and one in particular is developing a couple of mildly painful cracks. Obviously I don't want them to get worse so have had a small rub with a pumice but am also wondering if those heel creams, or anything similar, are worth it too...?

Yonihadtoask Mon 15-Jul-13 18:17:34


try this one from Boots

Once you have got the cracks sorted, invest in the Soap and Glory foot file also. Works a treat.

My feet were quite gnarly a couple ofmonths ago - now they are lovely for sandals smile

Yonihadtoask Mon 15-Jul-13 18:18:54

This one™-Foot-Buffer_1228809/

Best ever!!

CocktailQueen Mon 15-Jul-13 18:20:15

Up to a point, bu they won't glue back together really bad cracks.... Go to see a podiatrist first to get rid of dry and cracked skin, then moisturise!

Frizzbonce Mon 15-Jul-13 18:36:54

I use Flexitol heel balm. It's pricey - at about a tenner but it works really well. As Cocktail suggests, go to a podiatrist first but rubbing Flexitol in really helps me. Also you could rub vaseline on your feet at night and put cotton socks on.

Best thing for cracked heels evah - walk barefoot on the sands.

Xiaoxiong Mon 15-Jul-13 19:15:29

Marking place as I have exactly the same issue OP. It's painful!!

Frizz do you think Lansinoh would work like vaseline?

well it works for cracked nipples

Bluemonkeyspots Mon 15-Jul-13 19:28:13

Soap and glory heel genius is amazing, I had craters that looked like the Grand Canyon in my heels and 2 nights with heel genius and cotton socks made a huge difference.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 19:41:45

Yes they do.

babysaurus Mon 15-Jul-13 20:42:53


babysaurus Mon 15-Jul-13 20:43:05

Ooops! Ph

babysaurus Mon 15-Jul-13 20:46:53

Ooops! Phone keeps making the keys vanish and I press 'post message' by mistake.

Heels aren't hideously cracked, there's just one small (but a bit sore) one so podiatry seems a bit over the top. Will check out recommendations tomorrow.

Meanwhile my pumiced feet are covered in Vaseline and in socks. Am curious about the nipple cream too (as have some lurking in a drawer.)

babysaurus Mon 15-Jul-13 20:48:35

Just googled and Lansinoh works a treat apparently!

justaweeone Mon 15-Jul-13 20:52:46

I have friend that glued a cracked heel with superglue !

Alwayscheerful Mon 15-Jul-13 20:53:51

There ia a manic ingredient i think it's urea, if it contains 25% urea it will work . I soak and file with a good file first.

HappyYoni Mon 15-Jul-13 20:55:36

Ooh can I ask a relevant, albeit probably really stupid question?
What's the best way to use a pumice stone? Are they supposed to be used when your feet are wet, eg in the bath, or before the bath, or after the bath, or does it not matter? This is a whole new world to me but would ike to make my feet lovely! Sorry to hijack.

Shakey1500 Mon 15-Jul-13 20:55:48

I'm sure there used to be a hard skin remover type cream? I've been looking as well and using the old pumice stone this week.

Alwayscheerful Mon 15-Jul-13 21:07:18

I always soak feet first and make them soft, file with good foot file and use scholl hard skin remover cream (its abrasive, rub it in and it dissolves hard skin) then go to bed having applied a good application of heel balm.

Yonihadtoask Mon 15-Jul-13 21:11:02

A few years ago I used to buy a lotion from QVC. I had to soak cotton wool strips in the lotion, and cling film it onto my free and leave for 20 mins. Then using a blunt knife or spatula would scrape off the now softened excess skin.

Sounds gross but it did work. Was v satisfying. Not seen it for ages, prob dangerous chemicals.

HeyMicky Mon 15-Jul-13 21:15:59

Not to be used on open wounds, but once your heels are better, try Footner. It's a foot peel, can get it from Boots. Pop the chemical socks on for an hour, then 3 days later all the gross akin peels off your feet.

It's simultaneously the most disgusting and most amazing beauty treatment I have ever used.

lizandlulu Mon 15-Jul-13 21:26:39

Sperdrug do a good intensive foot cream, usually £4 ish and buy one get one half price.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 21:32:04

Shakey- I used to have one that was like a roll on deodorant and as you rubbed it the skin peeled off. It was FAB!

babysaurus Mon 15-Jul-13 21:47:41

Am now intrigued by Footner! Disgusting but effective sounds rather attractive...!

WetDog Mon 15-Jul-13 22:41:35

The QVC stuff was called Pedikur I think. You can still buy it online. Remember seeing it on QVC but I didn't have crap feet back then!

Frizzbonce Mon 15-Jul-13 23:39:30

Blimey - I've discovered a whole new world of Manky Foot Cures. Crusty foot peel! Creams that work on feet and nipples - Fipples? Neeps? Chemical Socks! Superglue!

Truly - sand is fantastic though.

LegoCaltrops Mon 15-Jul-13 23:46:21

I use a pumice in the bath or shower, quite often. Occasionally put foot cream (not fussy about the brand) quite liberally all over my feet, then put socks on, leave on all night (recommend this is done in cooler weather). I'm a low maintenance girl, my foot care takes about 5 minutes per month.

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