First, I’m no doctor or nurse and I know nothing about real medicine so please look at the items I’m using and read the ingredients on your own and make a determination if this is safe for you. I am not responsible for any adverse reactions . . got that?
My heels are always cracked. You already know that I love flip flops and despite many promises to stop wearing them after close calls with snakes, I can’t help myself. Flip flops work for me. There’s so much “stuff” to step in around here and my shoes pick up mud and dirt in the garden, it’s just way too easy to kick off a pair of flip flops before walking into the house.
Along with wearing flip flops comes cracked heels. For years I’ve tried everything I could find. Once I showed my cracked and bleeding heels to my dermatologist and she prescribed a cream which did help some.
Earlier this week, a blog reader told me of a remedy she had heard about.
The regimen is:
- Use the pumice stone on your heel while in the shower.
- After drying off the feet well, rub a Stridex pad over the heel. Use a separate pad for each heel.
- Massage Vicks VapoRub into the cracked area.
- Cover with socks.
One of the active ingredients in Stridex pad is salicylic acid. They also contain benzoyl peroxide. I’m not sure which ingredient or a combination of the two causes these pads to be helpful but they are.
The first night I tried this, I didn’t have the Stridex pads but only had the pumice stone and Vicks VapoRub so that’s what I used and the very next day, there was an amazing difference in my heels.
If you, or anyone you know, struggles with cracked heels, you might try this and see if it helps.
As a side benefit, I noticed after rubbing the Vicks on my feet that my hands felt much softer. Due to the amount of time my hands stay in water, either with washing dishes or working in the garden and washing fresh veggies, or just washing my hands many times a day after dealing with chickens or gathering eggs, the skin around my fingernails is always cracked. I’ve been massaging a little of the Vicks VapoRub around my nails and cuticles and within just a few days, I hardly notice any cracking and splitting of the skin around my nails and cuticles.