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Cracked heels - SOS!

(34 Posts)
cornflakes5 Wed 06-Feb-19 10:22:14

I have permanently cracked heels. I know not why - I moisturise them all the time with foot cream and I wear sensible shoes. I'm early 30s btw.

So, can anyone recommend a solution? A particularly thick cream (I've tried neutrogena concentrated cream and Bodyshop)? Some sort of industrial sander?

Thank you!

NotExactlyHappyToHelp Wed 06-Feb-19 10:26:43

You need something with urea in it to sort out the cracked heels. Footner works well for me and so does the Asda cheapy version.

Someone I know swears by O’Keeffes working feet cream but I haven’t tried it myself.

cornflakes5 Wed 06-Feb-19 10:29:07

Urea, the waste produced secreted in pee?? 😱

cornflakes5 Wed 06-Feb-19 10:30:06

I'll try anything though, thank you! <scurries away to google footners>

NotExactlyHappyToHelp Wed 06-Feb-19 10:30:43

Haha yep the very same one.

Apparently Madonna widdles on her feet in the shower to keep them soft so you could try that if you want to save a few quid grin.

cornflakes5 Wed 06-Feb-19 10:34:21

Ok 'anything' but not that...

I'm starting to think my husband pees in the shower. He has such soft heels and he does zero moisturising or any form of foot care.

NotExactlyHappyToHelp Wed 06-Feb-19 10:34:39

Ahh not Footner sorry it’s Flexitol I’ve used blush. Coffee hasn’t kicked in yet.

Something like this or Flexitol should sort you out.

cornflakes5 Wed 06-Feb-19 10:37:23

Thank you! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Shoveitupyourbum Wed 06-Feb-19 10:37:30

Flexitol helped mine so much. Just put it on every day or so, I saw a difference after a couple of days

borntobequiet Wed 06-Feb-19 10:37:41

Flexitol Heel Balm.
Or a little scalpel corn and callus remover from Boots. They’re great.

picklemepopcorn Wed 06-Feb-19 10:47:23

When you get out of the shower, the hard skin will be a bit soggier. Give it a serious rub with the towel. Loads comes off. Do that regularly and they will be much more manageable. We were taught that by a nurse when DS's feet were terrible. Soak in soapy water then rub.

danni0509 Wed 06-Feb-19 10:51:25

Boots soap and glory heel genius

Slather it on with bed socks every night for a week.

Honestly it transforms feet!

MrsMarigold Wed 06-Feb-19 10:58:15

OK, I'm sure I sound like a weirdo but are you diabetic or do you eat a lot if sugar? I'm really interested in feet and health and have noticed a correlation, my DM had very dry feet for years before being diagnosed with type two diabetes. I notice if I eat sugary food mine are drier too. I recommend getting a foot scraper, not the cheese grater type, but the giant nail file type, exfoliate every day when wet in the bath or shower, slather with mousturier and massage it in, I'm currently using an Aldi face cream that is very rich and they are very silky.

wishingforalotterywin Wed 06-Feb-19 11:06:18

Footner socks or the Superdrug equivalent - do google them

justilou1 Wed 06-Feb-19 11:11:29

Clearasil wipes followed by urea foot cream and socks

Lucked Wed 06-Feb-19 11:24:56

Also get a Newton chiropody sponge. The results are great - like what I expect a pumice stone to do but it never does. Last used mine in October and my feet have come through winter pretty intact and I have had pretty deep cracks across both heels.

I honestly don’t rate footner it didn’t make too much of a difference to the really dry bits of my feet. Flexitol and Newton sponge will sort you out, come summer you will have beautiful feet.

fishonabicycle Wed 06-Feb-19 12:35:49

Mine improved a lot when I stopped using shower gel and changed to a natural soap bar (faith in nature). Also put some foot cream on occasionally but rarely have cracks any more.

CountFosco Wed 06-Feb-19 12:48:23

Another vote for Flexitol Heel Balm. The stuff with 25% urea. My heels use to be so badly cracked they would bleed. Now they are like a babies, and the transformation was so quick, you really can see a difference in a day. CCS heel balm is also good, that's also 25% urea. Urea is a fantastically useful molecule, really wonderful stuff.

Oh, and for the PP who said about the link with diabetes is right, it's a medically recognised link. Due to circulation and high blood sugar.

lovely36 Wed 06-Feb-19 12:52:50

Have you tried applying vaseline on them at night time? Try putting a thick layer and sock over to keep the skin moisturised. I do that to my cuticles on my finger tips and it works wonders.

pigletpie2177 Wed 06-Feb-19 12:53:01

Also flexitol - I need to do it again as mine are looking awful but it's the only thing that ever worked on mine. I'll try the Newton sponges I think too - I saw them a whole ago and you've just reminded me!

cornflakes5 Wed 06-Feb-19 15:21:01

Flexitol and newton sponge, got it!

That's interesting re diabetes. I don't have it (I was tested during pregnancy and was fine) and don't eat an excessive amount of sugar... I'll look into this though as I've never heard this before!

Nativityriot Wed 06-Feb-19 15:22:56

Second the flexitol / Newton’s partnership, learned about it on here, revolutionary.

TulipsAndClogsGalore Wed 06-Feb-19 15:30:22

I use one of these razor type things for hard skin. It works a treat, you just "shave off" the hard skin, run a foot file over it and hey presto, peachy soft heels and no more cracked painful ones!

cornflakes5 Wed 06-Feb-19 15:53:10

Follow-up: how long does each sponge last? Do I have to keep using it?

Wondering whether to bulk buy as it's cheaper!

mrsoutnumbered Wed 06-Feb-19 16:06:01

The newton So I be works well for me. You can also get heel cream in Poundland which works quite well!

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