Dry, dead, cracking shin on your heels!

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  1. Bill B

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    Anyone have it? Not looking to prevent it, but get rid of it. It is on the outer edge of my heels, not the sole.
     
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    Is it not a common problem often caused by walking without socks in sandals?

    Personally, I get it when I do that, whereas barefoot running generally helps (for me).
    Moisturizing cream also helps.

    But for me the key is making sure to wear socks when walking in sandals, especially at work.


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    Try coating your feet in vaseline, wrapping them, then wearing socks to bed.
     
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    Sorry TJ, there is absolutely, positively noooo way I could sleep with socks on. Not a fan of socks unless it's winter here. I go barefeet in my workboots, they smell like a pole cat's ass but oh sooo comfy!! :))
     
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    I hear ya. :stinkyfeet::coldfeet:
     
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    No, no, no, no, no.

    Dipping a Toe in Your Ria

    (You might also consider using a foam-backed sanding block to take the edge off until the urea starts working.)
     
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    Thank you for a sound answer #Ahcuah. I've been wondering about cracked heals for a while. I do know from experience that removing the dead skin is a very important part of the healing process. The skin below is being pull apart by the deformed skin above, so just removing the callus can help a lot.

    I have read about Flexitol Heel Balm on another site and your confirmation and recommendation along with the great explaination gives me confidence that it will work.
     
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    When I've neglected the Foot Balm and occasionally do get a crack, I'll sometimes use a razor blade to carefully cut below the cracked part (still callus, not live skin) just to help stop that pulling-apart process. (So I agree with you that that is also very important.)
     
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    Good to know. Vaseline doesn't hurt, and it's always handy.
     
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    Well, yeah. Lipstick doesn't hurt either, and it's also always handy. But it won't do much, and neither does Vaseline. From what I've seen the pure oils really don't do much. (Yes, they feel good, but I've not seen it demonstrated that are effective.)
     
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    Lipstick handy? Not in my house. :kiss:
     
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    Lipstick?!?! Really?
    Well, that will make for a colorful footprint, at least. ;) I bet you can tell where your cat sits, too! Lol!! (Link to Fark thread about that.)
    Don't laugh at this one... Black and Decker orbital sander. 80 grit paper. Kinda loud. Do it out in the garage/shop. Best thing I've ever used to grind off the dead cracking skin. Havent' had to do that in several years, though.
     

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    OMG!! That Fark thread went back to 2004! Can't believe I've been carrying that around in my head all these years, and can pull that out reference so quckly and easily. :wacky:
     
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    Have you been bitten by a zombie recently? :walkingdead: I know that can have detrimental effects on your skin, much like the symptoms you describe. A combination of various blunt instruments usually does the trick, though you'd probably want to avoid chainsaws and various other power tools;).

    Seriously, soak your feet for 20 mins in hot water and then gently use a pumice stone to remove the dead skin. Never do it on un-soaked feet! Once done moisturise with a proper foot moisturiser. I use a hemp cream from the bodyshop.
     
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    Freakin' HYSTERICAL! Bunghole! Ha! 394 comments? Insane!
     
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    At the end of a shower I hit my heels with a pumice stone. And immediately after I use O'Keefe's Healthy Feet Cream and throw on some socks because the cream makes them a little sticky. For best results the instructions say to do cream sock routine before bed, but I'm like you and cannot stand socks while I sleep.
     
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    I don't like sleeping in socks either, but it helps keep the goop in and off the sheets.
     
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    Again, use Flexitol Heel Balm. It's minimally oily and contains a hefty dose of the urea that actually does something useful (unlike Vasoline). When applied, you just massage it in until it's dry. Then no need for socks.
     
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    Vaseline works for me.
     
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    I apologize. I overspoke. I don't doubt that Vasoline can help.

    However, I won't retreat from saying that there is no need for such a gloppy attempt at a solution. And, at that, a "solution" that is not as effective as something containing urea (and doesn't address the root cause).

    Seriously. Try the Flexitol Heel Balm and you'll see it works even better, and without all the glop.
     
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