Anybody have a cure for cracked heels?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kelseygirl707, May 1, 2009.

  1. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lakeport, Ca.
    So it's gotten to that time of year here in California. It's in the 80's and 90's so that means the sandals are coming out, but that also means dry cracked heels. Already I have a crack so deep it hurts to walk, and is starting to bleed [​IMG] . I use one of those heel sander thingies [​IMG] , but was wondering if any of you wonderful BYCers had any remedies that worked well to stop heel cracks.

    Thanks in Advance! [​IMG]

  2. New adventure

    New adventure Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Pueblo, Colorado
    Here's a couple of things that usually work for me. First, before bed, soak your feet in warm water with a handful of oatmeal thrown in it. Then, while your feet are still a bit damp, cover the dry spots with vaseline or Bag Balm and put on socks. In the morning, your feet should be a lot better.

    The other thing I have to do sometimes (on my fingers too) is cover the dry spots with Desitin diaper rash ointment and a bandage. That's the only way I can get the cracks in my fingertips healed sometimes. It's stinky but it works.

    Hope this helps you.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop

    I usually put a minimal amount of neosporin in the crack and then tape it over.

    Take if from a dude in DRY AZ. It works.... got a piece on my right heel at present.

    ALSO... if you can get it at the feed store... on Sat. evenings you can rip the Duct tape off, put some BAG BALM on your foot and then put on socks that you don't mind getting a little greasy. In the morning after your shower your feet will be ready for Sunday socks... Serious!
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  4. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Labelle, Florida
    There is a product called Corn Huskers Lotion that works as well as Bag Balm also.

    My ex was a lineman and had to wear heavy plastic gloves to handle hot wire here in Fla. The sweat would cause his hands and fingers to crack and bleed.

    He would coat his hands with Corn Huskers Lotion and put socks on them to sleep at night. Next day they would be practically healed.
  5. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    Over the years I have found what works best is......

    Don't go barefooted.

    Wear socks and shoes rather than sandals. At least until your cracks are all gone.. then you can wear sandals for a few hours once and a while.

    If you expose your heels for long amounts of time to the elements, they will get dried out and crack.

    I can ruin my heels with just a few days of wearing nothing but sandals.

    Soaking your feet in warm water then putting any good skin lotion on your feet at night and wearing sox to bed for a week or so should help them heal.
  6. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    Quote:Yep to both of these!
  7. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    i'm with you - wear sox. NOT stockings... sox.

  8. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    Quote:HM? I usually go the neosporin and bandaid route....and the bandaid eventually falls off....I guess I'll have to get the ole duct tape out..Great idea.... thats what we use on the horses also...

    I also soak my feet and really clean them up and then apply the neosporin on the cracks and NOW duct tape and then slap on foot cream and socks and I wear them to bed....
  9. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    I swear by vasoline
    and an old pair of sox to go to bed at night
    and the morning
    comes with relief..of cracks and scraps..
  10. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Songster

    Feb 20, 2009
    Thawing Minnesota
    My mom puts superglue in the crack. Yep, you heard me. Superglue. It grosses me out but she's always like "It works!" and then she just puts toilet paper on top. She's tried everything else but I guess this is what works best.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by