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Posted by B Durkacz on May 12, 2000 at 09:05:55:

In Reply to: Re: HELP! DRY,CRACKED HEELS-WHO CAN HELP? posted by Barbara Durkacz on May 02, 2000 at 09:26:48:

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: : : I GET DRY CRACKED HEELS EVERY WINTER. I HAVE TRIED PUMMICE STONES AND LOTION, BUT THEY STILL CRACK. IT IS VERY PAINFUL. ANY IDEAS.............

: : Try Corona ointment for livestock, it's an antiseptec oinment and rich in lanolin. Hope it works.

: : Do not have hot baths - no detergent - it dries out the skin even more
: : Get rid of as much of the dry skin as possible without overdoing it
: (pummicing or "cheese" graters)
: : Use antifungal ointment for at least 2 weeks as dry athletes foot in this area can exacerbate
: the condition, and is not clearly identifiable as the moist between-the-toes type.
: : Do not wear heel-less sandals that slap back on to your feet - it rally opens up the cracks
: : Lose weight - it can help a lot: and wear shoes with shock-absorbing soles.
: : If you can get hold of a steroid cream, use sparingly on the bad cracks for no more than
: about a week at a time..
: : Try butterfly taping bad cracks together to speed healing
: : Persist on all strategies at the same time. when things are better, keep monitoring
: the state of your heels, and persist with the emollient creams and abrasion. If necessary,
: reinitiate the more intensive strategies.
: Good luck!
:
Furhter note re use of topical steroids: I am delighted with the results from using a hydrocortisone cream for a couple of weeks> previosly when i removed hard skin form the area of the crack, it would build up again very rapidly, forcing the crack open again. The cracks were painful and inflamed, and I think the inflammation was causing hyperkeratosis (if that's the right word!). The cream reduced the inflammation, and the cracks have healed with out further thickening of the hard skin. I highly reccommend this.

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