Anyone constantly got dry sore cracked feet??

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flower woman
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   Posted 8/3/2010 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
 I've tried everything i can think of to relieve my sore cracked feet now which started 9yrs ago with my firsat symptoms of lupus,thought it was athlets foot at first so bought everything going but nothing worked,then E45,intense foot healing creams,doctor prescribed a gel moisteriser which makes them itch less but has'nt resolved the problem,even tried an anti fungal cream which only helpes the itching for a temporary period.I moisterise and sleep in cotton socks at night just to help sleep cos they otherwise keep me awake and if i dont they just crack and bleed! My gp said she cant think of anything else to try and i did let them know how much this was bothering me at my last consultation at the lupus clinic in London but they seem to think it's just another lupus symptom we have to put up with though i'm going in October when i'll ask again cos my feet are so sore i can hardly stand to walk on them at times! Anyone else suffer in a simular way and got any advice would be much appreciated confused x
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   Posted 8/3/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh bless your heart! My brother has awful dry skin and his feet and hands crack and bleed. My feet go through that from time to time and I battle with some cracked heal products that if I wait to long take forever to help. I'm not sure if it would work and I know you mentioned cotton socks but there is a product out there I thought about trying. They are called spa socks. and they are made for extremely dry cracked feet. the longer you wear them the more they are supposed to help. I only have the problem maybe  twice a year but I sympathize with you. I have had to walk on the balls of my feet because my heals hurt too bad to step down on them. I moght try the spa socks befre I have the problem again and see how the work. Even if my feet aren't all cracked up it is supposed to make them softer. I can't offer an ad wear to buy them because it's against board policy but I have seen them in AVON books before. Other then that I use aveeno oatmeal (kind of soap) bar. which helps with skin problems with lupus. I'm sorry I have nothing else I can think of but it's only 8am and a half a cup of coffee in me so far.
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flower woman
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   Posted 8/3/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Okie and thanks for that,i'll look out for some spa socks i'll try anything,i'm lucky really cos my skin rashes elsewhere on my body seem to be kept under control since i took mepacrine but nothing has worked so far for my feet! Take care and thanks x
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   Posted 8/3/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
try bag balm or a similar product meant for cow udders, seriously or horse ointment. Those are serious moisturizers. If you find anything that works let me know my husband's hands are like your feet only I can't get them to absorb moisturizers.
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flower woman
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   Posted 8/3/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
 Thanks for the advice Redrose,do'nt know where i'd find that but i'll look into it! I must admit i find my feet dont moisturise easilly either!!
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   Posted 8/4/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there flower,
I too suffer from cracked feet occasionally.  I get pedicures every now and then to have them exfoliate the skin and get the dead tissue off.  Also I'm sure you have tried vaseline with socks on, if not, it's supposed to help.  For the cow and horse products you can get them at any farm and animal supply store like Farm and Fleet.  You could also call a local veterinarian that deals with large animals and ask them if they have any on supply or where to get it.  Good Luck!
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   Posted 8/4/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Mix you up some of this... I make it all the time and use it all over my body.. even my face...
one bottle of Johnson's baby small vaseline... and small jar of vit e lotion..mix it all together and put in plastic containers...
I use it on my heals....

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   Posted 8/4/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
my son suffers from severe eczema and he always have cracked heals... i use Aquaphor slather it on and put socks on them and sleep in those every night... you can even do it throughout the day its thicker than vaseline... good luck
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   Posted 8/4/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
bagbalm and tiger balm you can usually find at your local pharmacy, including walgreens. Its great for after surgery ointment too when you are alllergic to silvadine
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   Posted 8/6/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
I have used Medline Remedy Skin Repair cream.
Its very good and you can buy it online at walgreens or amazon.  I am not sure if they sell it right at the walgreens store.  I bought the big bottle online.

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   Posted 8/8/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I find my the cracks in my heals are worse when I wear sandles everyday. Doesn't seem to be a problem in the winter time. I use a heal balm and it helps alot.


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   Posted 8/9/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I used to have normal feet, but after a long holiday in the middle east my feet became so dry they cracked and at sometimes bled. Since then I used many products, but the only products that really worked were Lanolin based products. The best product I have found is Nixsi foot cream. I brought it from my local pharmacy after my pharmacist recommended it, assuring me its great for dry and cracked feet. Its worked for me. I'm not sure exactly which shops other shops you can buy it from, but the website is and I have found it on ebay also.
Hope this helps.

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   Posted 8/9/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Julia Hill said...
I find my the cracks in my heals are worse when I wear sandles everyday. Doesn't seem to be a problem in the winter time. I use a heal balm and it helps alot.

Hi Julia. I think exposing feet makes it worse. I got cracked feet when I wore flip flops for a month.

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   Posted 8/10/2010 1:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I swear by Bag Balm. Buy it at Drug Mart. When my feet are really bad, I slather this stuff on , put plastic bags over my feet, and socks over the plastic bags. Then I go to bed. By morning the improvement is amazing. Hope you find something that makes you feel better!
Take care, Fran

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   Posted 8/10/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
If you can possibly find it there is Nivea Co Q-10 anti wrinkle cream.....(don't laugh yet), the Wal-Mart in my area used
to carry but I can't find it anymore around here. I work in a dishroom and am constantly wet-dry syndrome as when
I unload I don't use gloves and the dishes are REAL hot. I was using this on my face and my hands and feet would crack
badly from the heat to cold ratio (going from 100 degrees in the dishroom to 20 outside in the winter as I would spend
my lunch break in my car without heat. I started to use this and the cracking would go away almost overnight!!!
I haven't found anything as good over the last couple of years.
If you take Colostrum, Hylaronic Acid and Co Q on the inside they make a difference as they help to rebuild the skin
from internally.

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   Posted 8/12/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
FlowerWoman have you seen a dermatologist for your feet? I ask this because I have Psoriasis on the soles of my feet and get blisters that crack open resulting in sores. Many times my feet are so raw I cannot stand on them. You mentioned itching and when I am getting ready for an outbreak I have the worst itching you can imagine. I now have medication for this but one of the biggest helpers is Aquafor Healing Ointment that I put on right after my shower. I always wear a white sport sock too because this tends to be greasy but oh does it ever work.It took a dermatologist to dx my problem, none of my other drs had a clue.

I just wanted tell you about my feet. Take care.

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   Posted 8/12/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Aquaphor Healing Ointment - spelled a bit off in last post.

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flower woman
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   Posted 8/16/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
  So grateful for all your advice and so sorry not to reply to you all individually,so many sugestions i must have a good read,make a list and give some a try! It's true my feet are made worse when exposed and i was missdiagnosed because it was suspected that i had psorisis on my feet since i have a family history of psoriasis (was told i had psoratic arthritis and then when i suffered loads of other stuff and became quite ill constantly i was then given my SLE diagnosis) i'm going to give some of your sugestions a try though and i'll let you know what helps! THANKYOU EVERYONE SO MUCH!!! X
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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   


Using a pedi egg nightly on my heels, then poking the Vit E out of a capsule with a pin to cream them up and wrap loosely in a towel till adsorbed helps me alot. The dr. first recommended it for my early breastfeeding days, and I figured if its good for boobs, it's got to be good for heels! tongue



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