Is this too gross to talk about?

Is this too gross to talk about?

In the northern Midwest, in the winter, our feet are seldom bare. Between, snow boots, thick socks, house slippers, and wooly foot warmers, we keep our tootsies covered at all times. Even in a snug house, unless you have in-floor heat, there will be cold drafts. So we keep covered.

But there is a downside to having fabric over my feet all the time. Cotton, wool, or synthetic doesn’t matter: it wicks moisture from my skin leaving my soles dry and even cracked.

The same thing happens in the summer for another reason. All that walking barefoot down sandy back roads and wading in our beautiful cool, clear lakes and ponds around here also dry the moisture from my feet.

No, I am not going to show you a picture of my feet.  But here is someone else’s foot with a link to a website that has some good advice. They aren’t paying me to put that there – it was the only shareable picture of a dry heel that I could find.

Heal your cracked heels

However,  their advice wasn’t enough. Obviously my feet had gotten to some truly terrible stage of dryness and hurt. Perhaps I was a little too preoccupied during the holiday season what with crafting gifts, cooking goodies, and emailing my best friends, family, and fans. <— BFFF

This is what I did and it is working! Working on clean dry feet:

  • I used an emery board (you can also use a pumice stone, foot rasp, or any of many devices) to gently start sanding my hard, dry, cracked, soles down. I was aiming for smooth at this point.  I noticed that gentle was important since it was easy to go too far up the sides of my feet or too deep into my soles and hit tender skin – which hurt!
  • Then I greased up my soles with Bag Balm. I am reapplying Bag balm after I shower, if I change socks, and before bed.
  • Put on some cheap cotton socks to protect my floors, nicer socks, slippers, bedding, etc.

That’s it! This is Day 2 and there is a noticeable difference in my feet. There are faint lines where the cracks were, but my skin is smooth.  And the best part is they don’t hurt!

Let me know (in the comments below) if you have had this problem with your feet and what you did to fix it

Bag Balm?

You might be wondering what Bag Balm is.  Originally it was made primarily of lanolin and used on cows’ teats to prevent cracking and pain. Now, the first ingredient is petroleum jelly, also known as Vaseline.  Let me warn you right now, it stinks. It’s a cross between something industrial smelling and the scent of a new vinyl baby doll.

My task for the day, after I do my quota of writing on my latest work in progress, is to see if I can make my own concoction that will work as good, only not stink so much.

Stay tuned…

UPDATE on DIY Heel Healing Lotion

After consulting with my very favorite DIY blog, One Good Thing by Jillee, I determined I didn’t have what I needed to make her recipe, though it looks awesome.  Live Strong also has a recipe that is very similar.  Both call for Vitamin E Cream, the ingredient I’m missing.  A quick look on Amazon reveals many different options, but none are particularly natural.

I opted to proceed without vitamin E cream.

I assembled the vast array of expensive products needed for my own recipe. NOT!  I grabbed a pump bottle of baby lotion and a squeeze tube of Vaseline from the bathroom cupboard and went to the kitchen.

I was afraid it would be really hard to mix the combination so I went through the camping gear and found a plastic fork with a rounded handle.  I had briefly considered using my coffee frother but it wouldn’t turn in the thick mixture so I frothed some coffee instead. I also used a small plastic scoop (about 1.5 ounces) I saved from my last jar of protein powder for measuring.

  • 1 scoop  of vaseline
  • 1 scoop of baby lotion

Measure. Scrape out into small jar. Mix vigorously with handle of fork. Swipe a smear on my arm and rub it in to see how it feels. Add more baby lotion. Repeat until I like it.

The best part is that it smells wonderful.

If you were mixing up a larger amount you could use a stick blender and possibly work in some fluffy volume.

If your cupboards are better stocked than mine, or if your lane is less snowy than ours and you can make it  in to a store, try out Jillian’s recipe. But in the meantime, I’m going to use this concoction and see how it works.

Have a wonderful day!



3 thoughts on “Is this too gross to talk about?”

  • I come from northern Indiana but have now lived in southern AZ. for several years where it is dry, dry and warm most of the year. I have been using bag balm for over 50 years and you’re right, it stinks but it is on my feet, as far from my nose as possible, so the smell doesn’t bother me except when putting it on. I am going to try your concoction of Vaseline and baby lotion and see if it works as well. Thanks for the idea.

    • Although I like the scent of baby lotion a lot better than Bag Balm, it doesn’t seem to work as well. I’m using it on other, less desperately dry areas like my arms and legs, and it works wonderfully there. If you find a formula that works, please let me know! Good luck, Ruth.

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