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Cracked heels and general troll feet...

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parmavioletmartini Wed 29-Mar-17 09:15:56

I need all your recommendations for nice feet.
I have the worst cracked painful heels, it seems no matter how often I exfoliate or use a ped egg they are thick, dry and crusty. The cracks are so painful and deep, the rest of me is not too bad just hedious troll feet!

Hullabaloo31 Wed 29-Mar-17 09:18:40

Flexitol. Amazing stuff, heals cracks within days.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Wed 29-Mar-17 09:24:44

Yes Flexitol. There's a platinum version now as well.

simmonsbythesea Wed 29-Mar-17 09:30:17

Def Flexitol, the thick balm though not the cream. Use it regularly, every night, for it to work.

If they are really bad, and you can afford it, go to a podiatrist. One visit will get rid of all the dead skin then you can tackle the cracks more effectively with the Flexitol. I go every year about this time, just before my sandals come out of storage and I have to start showing my feet to the world!

BringMeTea Wed 29-Mar-17 09:32:33

Ped egg basically shredded the skin and made it worse. I have found the only thing that really gets rid of the hard skin is one of the battery operated gadgets. They are very reasonably priced now and i got one in Aldi a while ago for about a tenner. Get your cracked heels sorted first then try one of those. Also found that Margaret Dabbs cracked heel cream (available in Marks') is very good at keeping heels soft.

parmavioletmartini Wed 29-Mar-17 09:35:48

I've never heard of Flexitol, pharmacy job?
Was thinking podiatrist but not a lot of spare time with baby DD. Is it worth it?

simmonsbythesea Wed 29-Mar-17 09:46:57

Boots and Superdrug sell Flexitol, it's easily available.

I think a podiatrist visit is worth it, yes if your feet are really bad. It costs me about £30 for a half hour appointment, but I only go the once every year. They soften your skin and use a scalpel to scrape all the dead skin off (completely painless!), and they'll sort out any corns and clip your toenails. Be aware though, it's not a beauty treatment, they don't do massages or pedicures! Its more clinical, but your feet will feel amazing nonetheless. For me the money is worth it than faffing about with some gadget myself.

FinallyHere Wed 29-Mar-17 09:49:35

In your shoes (!) I would be trying to work out why your heels are so cracked, as well as trying new cremes to get it sorted. What type if shoes are you wearing?

parmavioletmartini Wed 29-Mar-17 09:59:52

I've been wondering the same they have always been like this. On and off, I've always had very thick hard skin on my feet and they have been cracked on and off for years now.
At the moment mostly trainers with cotton socks. Socks or slippers when at home.

Hulder Wed 29-Mar-17 10:05:57

Flexitol heel balm. The one with 50% urea.

I had deep cracks for years and thought I had tried everything - a podiatrist recommended this. It stings like crazy if the splits are deep but the cracks healed up in under a week and never came back. I haven't even used up the tube as never needed to continue it.

Twas nothing short of miraculous.

FinallyHere Wed 29-Mar-17 10:06:26

Trainers etc sound perfect. Maybe it would be worth having an appointment with a chiropodist as suggested by PP, rub creme into them before you put your socks on every morning, keep wearing the comfortable shoes and see how it goes. All the best.

simmonsbythesea Wed 29-Mar-17 10:09:25

Hulder Yes it was the podiatrist who recommended Flexitol to me too, the thicker one not the cream.

ChishandFips33 Wed 29-Mar-17 10:13:57

I would def see a podiatrist - they are a font of knowledge and as well as getting you stripped back they may be able to offer advice as to why they get this way

AlisonS13 Wed 29-Mar-17 15:00:59

I suffer from very hard skin on feet too.
The cracks are extremely painful and the main thing I found to sort it out was L'Occitane Foot Cream.
Wonderful stuff in my opinion.

DressageNut Wed 29-Mar-17 17:29:10

The best thing I have found is a hard skin and corn removing knife from Lloyds Chemists. It is basically a razor blade with a handle. Only thing capable of slicing off all the dead skin and once you have done that it is pretty easy to keep softening your feet with cream and other, less drastic, means.

Ariandenotgrande Wed 29-Mar-17 17:30:48

I have been using the Body Shop Hemp hand cream on my feet and find it works well, also use an exfoliater on my feet in the bath, which doesn't sound as harsh as the pedi egg. I think it's just consistency, if I miss a day or don't look after my feet they go dry quite quickly.

picklemepopcorn Wed 29-Mar-17 18:42:08

Before you rush to try complicated things, this was recommended by a nurse when DSs feet were really sore. Soak in warm soapy water. Rub firmly with a towel- all that white spongy skin will come off. Use moisturiser inside socks. Do that every day at first. Eventually you can cut back and just give them a serious rub after your shower.

It's amazing how well it works. You can do it watching the telly...

OhMrsQ Wed 29-Mar-17 18:58:59

I use this stuff called babyfoot. From amazon. You pop your feet in these little bags full of nice smelling stuff, leave for half an hour and wash off.

Nothing happens.

Then, a week later, your feet PEEL like mad. Even the heels. My feet looked and felt literally like babies feet. I use this about once every six weeks.

ElizabethAllen Wed 29-Mar-17 20:58:57

A pair of these with foot cream liberally applied underneath. I like this

OlennasWimple Wed 29-Mar-17 21:07:47

Flexitol is great for hard core feet revival.

For general maintenance, put lots and lots of thick moisturiser on your feet - as in, rub it in well, then add some more so it is sitting on your skin. Put a freezer bag over each foot, then socks to keep them on. Beware that your feet will be very slippery when you walk!

Sleep like this overnight. In the morning carefully shower it all off, rub gently with a clean towel, and hey presto soft feet

JustMyLuckUnfortubately Wed 29-Mar-17 21:09:22

Great advice here!

Mermaidinthesea Wed 29-Mar-17 21:11:29

I'm a podiatrist, NHS though but do private as well, it's worth one visit to get you started and then if you do a bit everyday filing, ped egging and as the others said flexitol within a month your heels will be great.

PickAChew Wed 29-Mar-17 21:11:52

I periodically (problems twice a year) give mine a footner peel, then keep on top of them with flexitol. It has the extra effect of stopping my corns from building up to painful levels.

FeedMeAndTellMeImPretty Wed 29-Mar-17 21:47:54

I use one of those corn and callous remover blades too. It is great but I do occasionally go a bit deep which is not fun blush and end up bleeding!

Then I get DP to massage my feet with Flexitol 2/3 times a week, which has really helped, as I also suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. It's much worse when my thyroid treatment isn't optimal and I have dry skin elsewhere too. I have fond memories of being abroad at a relative's house and asking to borrow some sandpaper for my feet as they were cracked and bleeding and I needed to minimise the cracks! Ouch.

Tried Footners (bit like the Babyfoot mentioned by PP. It was pretty good, but still a bit hard at the edge of the heels.

HiDBandSIL Wed 29-Mar-17 22:00:44

I use Flexitol and my heels are still cracked and dry.

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