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cracked hands & feet

(27 Posts)
PositivePete Mon 30-Nov-15 22:29:38

Bit gross but I'm in so much pain, I can hardly walk on my heels as they are so cracked

My right thumb & middle fingers are the same

I'm using E45 but nothing works!


EmilyPunkhurst Mon 30-Nov-15 22:32:51

I like Aquaphor - it helps stop my hands getting so bad they bleed. Although I expect its on a long list of things you've already tried?

It sounds horrible. I'm so sorry.

IdentityRequest1 Mon 30-Nov-15 23:11:13

Have you tried Kiehl's Creme du Corps with gloves/socks on overnight. I didn't think it would do anything, but found it great - worth a try?

Wolpertinger Mon 30-Nov-15 23:52:53

Basically you need a cream with 25% urea like Flexitol Heel Balm.

It will sting like crazy the first time you put it on but if you put it on twice a day the cracks will be healed within a week.

Milkwagon Tue 01-Dec-15 00:17:09

Have same problem with dermatitis on hands and cracked finger tips and hang nails. I've tried so many different things and now keep tubs of Atrixo next to taps in the house. However last week I bought Flexitol cuticle and nail cream which is starting to work well and Atrixo regenerating treatment.

VimFuego101 Tue 01-Dec-15 00:17:52

Could you slap on tons of cream, put socks on and leave overnight? Or a footner treatment?

coffeenut Tue 01-Dec-15 06:23:40

Bepanthen has been BRILLIANT on my hands - slather on every night and as much as possible during he day (it is annoying during the day though as is quite greasy). I'm also using on my feet at night along with gentle buffing. I agree Flexitol or urea is better for cracked feet though.

TheSpectreOfMorningtonCrescent Tue 01-Dec-15 06:50:44

Lotil is the only thing Ive ever used that has cleared up "Keens"-big deep sore cracks on fingers. And flexitol for cracks in my feet that I'd had for years.

Onsera3 Tue 01-Dec-15 07:02:54

Flexitol works for my feet. They do hands one too.

motherinferior Tue 01-Dec-15 08:11:38

I smother my feet every night in that blue CCS foot cream you get in Boots and it's the best I've used (haven't tried Flexitol yet though). And Avene and Eucerin both do very good hand creams - Eucerin's has urea (and there is a good foot cream too). Do NOT do a peeling treatment while they're in this state - they sound far too damaged for it! Much sympathy. My hands and feet would be perpetually fissured if I didn't slap unguents onto them 24/7.

motherinferior Tue 01-Dec-15 08:20:55

Ooh, and also it might be that you - like me - have the added joy of a fungal infection on top. In which case Lamisil seems to be the best way to tackle it (recommended by my GP and it does work). I know whereof I speaksad.

Wolpertinger Tue 01-Dec-15 09:26:09

CCS is OK but not enough urea for persistent cracks - that's when you need the 25% of Flexitol.

I had painful cracks for about a year that I thought I'd never get rid of, couldnt believe it when chiropodist said they would go in a week - and they did! I don't even need foot cream any more, after thinking I needed to slather stuff on night and day, the cracks have never come back.

TigerTeatime Tue 01-Dec-15 09:51:18

Flexitol heel balm - can also use on hands but its greasy so use at night with cotton gloves. Body shop sell cotton gloves but you can easily get some online. Put cotton socks on overnight too to let the cream really soak in.

Flexitol hand balm also has urea (but lower % I think), so you can use this on your hands during the day and once the cracks have heeled.

motherinferior Tue 01-Dec-15 10:15:50

I'll try

getoffthattabletnow Tue 01-Dec-15 11:08:41

Agree with Flexitol.Once hands are sorted use Aveeno hand cream every night and morning.I have very sore dermatitis-ridden hands and Aveeno is the only thing keeping the soreness away.Also antibacterial hand soap exacerbates any flare up.

motherinferior Tue 01-Dec-15 11:11:11

Yes, Aveeno is surprisingly fab.

shoofly Tue 01-Dec-15 11:13:50

Snowfire is brilliant for cracks and splits on hands. I have one in the car, 1 by the sink and 1 in the car & cotton gloves and stacks of hand cream every night

carrie74 Tue 01-Dec-15 11:15:19

Another recommendation for Flexitol - clears my heels up within 3 days (applied morning and night).

Why do heels crack though? Mine are always at their worst when we go on holiday at Easter (so from socks and slippers/boots in UK to flip flops/sandals in USA).

Oldisthenewblack Tue 01-Dec-15 16:55:44

The one thing I've found to be brilliant for cracked heels (and hands!) is Neutrogena hand cream. The heavy duty, Norwegian formula one. It starts to heal the foot cracks in two nights.

BagelSuffragette Wed 02-Dec-15 00:46:36

Skin Salvation from Pure Potions, great for any dry skin.

Pure organic coconut oil (slathered on as much as poss during day and again at night, sleep with socks on)

Pupsiecola Wed 02-Dec-15 13:07:36

Do you eat lots of fish or take EFA supplements? These really help with dry skin (I appreciate it's a severe case but thought it was worth mentioning).

Tate15 Wed 02-Dec-15 15:22:13

I had a very painful fissure appear once under my foot and in between toes.

I tried everything and it was still split. I used superglue and it was bloody marvellous and healed very quickly.

Other than that one time I don't have rough or dry skin as I moisturise my feet at bedtime and put on socks.

I do a lot of walking every day.

PositivePete Wed 02-Dec-15 16:02:26

SUPERGLUE! Didn't it sting like crazy.

I've gone down the Eurea route & applying it like a mad woman

My dry skin is terrible so good advice on the supplements

hugoagogo Wed 02-Dec-15 16:05:38

E45 could be making it worse, it contains lanolin which some people are allergic too.

I would try something super greasy like epaderm ointment and apply it several times a day.

opioneers Wed 02-Dec-15 16:09:19

I get Flexitol on prescription for cracked heels. I also get stuff called Haelan tape, which is transparent plasters on steroids (quite literally). You stick it over the crack and it softens and heals it over night.

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