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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone with Crohns have severely cracked heels?  My heels have been cracking for the past 2 years or so.  Just looking for tried and true remedies to help.
Crohn's Disease for 18 years.. 1st Resection June 2009 still having trouble-anastomostic leak and now fistula.  Currently on Flagyl, Entocort.  Will have a "redo" resection on April 6.

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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I smear my feet and hands with Vaseline, cover them with socks and gloves, and sleep like that, so I do not have to deal with the cracking. Extra emollient night cream from mary kay works and is what gave me the idea, but vaseline is cheaper.
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   Posted 6/7/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Not just us CDers, but my hubby is complaining about this too. he has found it only shows up when he wears sandals versus socks and shoes/sneakers. Odd but being out in the air causes severe cracking and my feet have noticed the same thing too.

I bought Vaseline with aloe lotion and use that everyday before I put on socks
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa, cholestyramine, iron and vitamin supplements. 
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   Posted 6/7/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been told to use the Eucerin cream and put socks on. But I haven't tried it yet. I bought the cream, just haven't smeared it on yet. I have done the vaseline and it helps. I'm not sure if the cracked heels are from the Crohn's or from always wearing open back shoes though. Interesting thought. I never had a problem until I started to wear open shoes most of the winter, like wool clogs. Now my heels are ruined.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 6/7/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Bath & body works makes an excellent cracked heel relief cream. It comes in a big jar for 20.00 but should last you months and months. You only use it on your heels. It has worked wonders for me. This last winter I dealt with dry heels all the time. I would scrub and exfolitate and by the next day they would be rough and cracked again. Now I do a pedicure once a week and exfoliate but I use the heel cream every day out of the shower. They are smooth as can be now.
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening
Ferrous Sulfate(iron supplement)

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   Posted 6/8/2010 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
oh yeah...BAD! sometimes so bad it hurts like heck to walk on them-- probably becasue i wear sandals all the time...i try to use lotion as much as possible but i'm a slacker in that respect.
35 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently off Pred.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 1st Remicade infusion a week and a half ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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   Posted 6/8/2010 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
if you visit a chiropodist they wil take away the cracked damaged skin wth a small scapel. Doesnt hurt at all. The procedure leaves nice new skin on ur heels. Then just look after your feet there after and they wil be as right as rain
Diagnosed 2005.  41 year old female living in UK
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, Vitamin B12 injections, anti depressants

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   Posted 6/8/2010 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! I was just using google to see what others had to say about Flexitol heel balm before I visited the Crohn's board. I had my heel crack open with the most painful crack a few weeks ago. I have been using the Flexitol for 3 days now, and the results are amazing!! I know I sound like a commercial, but it's true. I was using vaseline, coconut oil, Gold Bond, tea tree oil, the list goes on. The Flexitol is pricey, to me anyways, at $8.00 for a 4 ounce tube, but worth every penny to me. You can also return it if you don't like it, but I think you will! Hope this helps!
Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis
1200 mg. Asacol 3 times daily for Crohn's, 12.5 mg. Savella per day along with Tramadol for pain for the Fibro, and right now, not much for the PA.
I'm not going to take this lying down.

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   Posted 6/10/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
i've heard that cracked heals can be due to lack of essential fatty acids in the diet? maybe try upping your intake? like with avocados, almonds, oils?

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   Posted 6/10/2010 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Even with being in a constant flare for 19 yrs now, I have never had cracked heals...for the last 4 yrs I've been using extra virgin olive oil as a body moisturizer (including feet) my feet are amazingly soft as is the rest of me thanks to the EVOO plus I take vitamin A among other vitamins.
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

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