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'''K6a''' patient "I see the podiatrist every 2 weeks (for hands too). Soak in whirlpool with cup of soap softener at 115 degrees for 20 minutes."
'''K6a''' patient "I see the podiatrist every 2 weeks (for hands too). Soak in whirlpool with cup of soap softener at 115 degrees for 20 minutes."
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==How to deal with cracks on the heels==
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'''K16''' patient "I would suggest using Aquaphor, it's over the counter and is available at most drug stores in the U.S. This has worked wonders for me! I suggest applying Aquaphor on the entire foot with socks every night before bed. The socks will give your feet a chance to absorb the ointment. Aquaphor is routine in my evening schedule, usually right after I brush my teeth to go to bed. Ever since I have started doing this, I have not gotten any cracks!!! When I started this technique I had deep cracks and they went away within three nights of treatment."
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'''K6a''' patient "My heels are one of the most sensitive parts on my feet (and itch all the time under the calluses ... but that's another story). I, too, get deep cracks in the heels, which are extremely painful. My only solution is to keep the cracks as moist as possible. I cover the cracks with a medicinal ointment, like Neosporin (which may be unfamiliar to someone not in the USA). And then I cover the moist areas (cracks) with a gauze bandage wrap. The gauze wrap tends to keep the area soft and moist, which reduces the pain of walking on the feet while the cracks heal. I put the ointment on the cracks at night, too (unwrapped), which tend to keep the area soft. It sometimes takes days for the cracks to heal."
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'''K6a''' patient "I second exactly what [is suggested above.] A topical antibiotic such as neosporin provides the benefit of killing off any bacterial which might be hanging around - which is definitely beneficial given that the skin is compromised at a crack. I have found, however, that a petroleum based product (such as Aquaphor) honestly helps just as well to promote the healing and comfort of any cracks. Covering the areas is a must, too."
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'''K6a''' patient "Just in the last few months, I too have been suffering terribly from severe cracks in my heels. So severe that for the first time ever I literally had to take a sick day from work. It feels like there is a blow torch in my heels. Many of you know that I see a podiatrist (same doc for 28 years). We have tried a number of prescription creams recently. I am at work and don't have the names but will email later this evening. With all the prescription ointments, I echo the others that in the end the neosporin, bactroban and vaseline usually work the best. I'm also trying to wear a heel cup but although it helps me keep the heels moist, it is uncomfortable."
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'''K6a''' patient "I very often have this situation especially on the heels, where I always keep cutting as much as possible and suddenly blood come up, and then I noticed that for mistake I had cut it too deeply. There is nothing to do at this point, it will be hurting for 2 or 3 days, and then as the cracks grow up again, the pain will decrease."
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'''K16''' patient "For some reason it's been several years since I had any significant cracks (or blisters) on my feet. But I had a lot of them when I was younger. At that time, I used Vaseline to keep the cracks soft and just tried to avoid walking, and they would soon heal by themselves. I don't know how thick the callouses are on this person's feet at this point, but soaking to soften and then carefully cutting the callous lower around the crack also helped me. Also, I cannot walk at all without a pair or two of soft insoles in my shoes - I like odor eaters. Maybe some padding like that will help this person, too, if walking can't be avoided."
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'''K16''' patient "These cracks can be very painful and add a lot of trouble to what we experience already. Here is how I use to treat them. I am now using on a very regular basis (every night before I go to bed) a cream which has 15% of Urea and a dash of "Nachtkerzenöl" (=evening primrose oil) in it. This helps keeping my skin elastic. But this is what I suggest you could try and what I used to do quite successfully for years:
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Put some healing cream on and into the crack and most important is to put a plaster over the crack tightly, so if you put weight on your heel the crack doesn't constantly crack open again. You might even use these lasters without the padding on. Main thing is they stick well and don't come off easily. Use the healing cream generously. And what a doctor explained to me and makes sense. Bathe feet in a tub with lukewarm water adding generously highly antibacterial killers like. {Note: Dr. Leachman has recommended using a little bleach in the water.} This is important because in these cracks bacteria can gather very easily and slows down the healing process or prevents it all together. Additional to that of course one can wear socks (to help keeping plasters in place). Even more important I found instead of wearing too soft inlays to wear shoes or inlays that are shock proof."
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Revision as of 20:28, 17 March 2009

Scroll down for a list of various medications, products, tips and tools which help PCer's care for their feet.

General Comments

K6a patient "Sleeps with feet sticking out of bed, air conditioner in bedroom or window open in winter. Also running cold water over feet is a good calm down cure."

??? patient "Change socks and shoes often. Will change socks several times daily in summer and rotates between 3 pairs of sneakers. Also sleeps with feet hanging out of bed."

K6a patient "Painful to stand on flat, hard surfaces barefoot. When showering I use a rubber thing to stand on so not standing on flat tiles. The thing is sort of rolled up and can balance it under arches of feet. At hotels, rolls up bath mat on stands on it in shower. Works so can stand in shower. Can't walk on flat surfaces with bare feet, but carpet okay."

??? patient "Painful to stand on flat, hard surfaces barefoot. When showering I stand on large sponge like the kind you put a newborn baby on for a sponge bath"

K16 patient "As I live in the UK and the weather is quite cool most of the time then I think I get an easier time of it generally. If I go on holiday/vacation to somewhere hotter in southern Europe then the pain instantly increases. I can fly from the UK with a very small amount of pain and by the time I step off the plane at the other end the pain is so much increased I almost want to turn around and come back, in fact, usually by the time we have been through customs and baggage claim I am having trouble walking at all. I usually then spend the whole of the holiday restricted to the hotel and the pool because to walk anywhere is awful. But as I enjoy laying in the sun and swimming then I guess it's not all bad!. One bad thing I do while on holiday is not drink much water during the day.....because of the pain of walking I don't want to have to get up and have to walk to the toilets, that is not good in a hot climate! Anyway, this is how badly the heat affects my feet, I have no idea how those of you who live in hotter areas cope with everyday life......we were planning to move abroad but have decided that my quality of life will be far better in the cooler UK. I hang my feet out of the bed at night, it helps to keep them cool but I also get a bit of pain resting them on the mattress and the weight of the duvet hurts a bit too, it is just more comfortable for me all round. I would rather have cold feet than wear bed socks...far too itchy for me. Also wearing bags on the feet at night if I have used any special creams, makes them itch badly too."

Cx30 patient "After sitting for a while, especially in hot weather, when stand up, feet are excruciatingly painful to put your weight on, get tingles of pain, a bit like severe pins and needles. When we sit down, we try to put our feet up on something. Seems to help relieve the feeling of pressure on feet."

K16 patient "Trim every 2-3 weeks. Try to taper the PC to the skin. Unlace to boot or shoe to air or cool foot off. I use the air hose (air compressor?) to blow into the boot and cool and refreash the foot."

K6a patient "I see the podiatrist every 2 weeks (for hands too). Soak in whirlpool with cup of soap softener at 115 degrees for 20 minutes."

How to deal with cracks on the heels

K16 patient "I would suggest using Aquaphor, it's over the counter and is available at most drug stores in the U.S. This has worked wonders for me! I suggest applying Aquaphor on the entire foot with socks every night before bed. The socks will give your feet a chance to absorb the ointment. Aquaphor is routine in my evening schedule, usually right after I brush my teeth to go to bed. Ever since I have started doing this, I have not gotten any cracks!!! When I started this technique I had deep cracks and they went away within three nights of treatment."

K6a patient "My heels are one of the most sensitive parts on my feet (and itch all the time under the calluses ... but that's another story). I, too, get deep cracks in the heels, which are extremely painful. My only solution is to keep the cracks as moist as possible. I cover the cracks with a medicinal ointment, like Neosporin (which may be unfamiliar to someone not in the USA). And then I cover the moist areas (cracks) with a gauze bandage wrap. The gauze wrap tends to keep the area soft and moist, which reduces the pain of walking on the feet while the cracks heal. I put the ointment on the cracks at night, too (unwrapped), which tend to keep the area soft. It sometimes takes days for the cracks to heal."

K6a patient "I second exactly what [is suggested above.] A topical antibiotic such as neosporin provides the benefit of killing off any bacterial which might be hanging around - which is definitely beneficial given that the skin is compromised at a crack. I have found, however, that a petroleum based product (such as Aquaphor) honestly helps just as well to promote the healing and comfort of any cracks. Covering the areas is a must, too."

K6a patient "Just in the last few months, I too have been suffering terribly from severe cracks in my heels. So severe that for the first time ever I literally had to take a sick day from work. It feels like there is a blow torch in my heels. Many of you know that I see a podiatrist (same doc for 28 years). We have tried a number of prescription creams recently. I am at work and don't have the names but will email later this evening. With all the prescription ointments, I echo the others that in the end the neosporin, bactroban and vaseline usually work the best. I'm also trying to wear a heel cup but although it helps me keep the heels moist, it is uncomfortable."

K6a patient "I very often have this situation especially on the heels, where I always keep cutting as much as possible and suddenly blood come up, and then I noticed that for mistake I had cut it too deeply. There is nothing to do at this point, it will be hurting for 2 or 3 days, and then as the cracks grow up again, the pain will decrease."

K16 patient "For some reason it's been several years since I had any significant cracks (or blisters) on my feet. But I had a lot of them when I was younger. At that time, I used Vaseline to keep the cracks soft and just tried to avoid walking, and they would soon heal by themselves. I don't know how thick the callouses are on this person's feet at this point, but soaking to soften and then carefully cutting the callous lower around the crack also helped me. Also, I cannot walk at all without a pair or two of soft insoles in my shoes - I like odor eaters. Maybe some padding like that will help this person, too, if walking can't be avoided."

K16 patient "These cracks can be very painful and add a lot of trouble to what we experience already. Here is how I use to treat them. I am now using on a very regular basis (every night before I go to bed) a cream which has 15% of Urea and a dash of "Nachtkerzenöl" (=evening primrose oil) in it. This helps keeping my skin elastic. But this is what I suggest you could try and what I used to do quite successfully for years: Put some healing cream on and into the crack and most important is to put a plaster over the crack tightly, so if you put weight on your heel the crack doesn't constantly crack open again. You might even use these lasters without the padding on. Main thing is they stick well and don't come off easily. Use the healing cream generously. And what a doctor explained to me and makes sense. Bathe feet in a tub with lukewarm water adding generously highly antibacterial killers like. {Note: Dr. Leachman has recommended using a little bleach in the water.} This is important because in these cracks bacteria can gather very easily and slows down the healing process or prevents it all together. Additional to that of course one can wear socks (to help keeping plasters in place). Even more important I found instead of wearing too soft inlays to wear shoes or inlays that are shock proof."

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