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The skin on my heels and my big toes is so bad! Very thick and hara, what can I do naturally to take care of this problem??

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For me, as long as I don't walk around bare foot or wear sandals my feet have soft skin. As soon as summer comes around, they get pretty 'natural'

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For me, as long as I don't walk around bare foot or wear sandals my feet have soft skin. As soon as summer comes around, they get pretty 'natural'
Yep, me, too.

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I would start with a good soak in a bowl or tub of warm water. My neighbor swears by olive oil and warm water soaks. I have been soaking in warm water for about 20 minutes to soften the skin. Then, I take a rough cloth and rub as much of the dead skin off as I can. If they are really bad, I actually take a razor to them and "shave" away as much callous as I am able to without going too close to new skin.
The best natural help I have found so far (and I have tried many, many lotions) is the Burts Bees Coconut Foot Creme. I lather it on then cover my feet with some cozy socks.
Wear socks and shoes as much as you can stand. This is the only way I have found to keep my feet looking healthy. It's so hard for me cause I am used to slipping on my old chacos and heading out the door. putting on shoes and socks is a bit unnatural for me (I was barefoot most of my childhood, running around the pool decks at swim meets).

Good luck,a nd let us know if you find something that works!

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Why would you want to get rid of this protective layer? It helps me walking around barefoot.

If you really have to, use some Pumice-stone, to softly rub it off.
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Hello Everyone,
My feet used to look horrible with rough, dry skin.

Now I soak them for about 10-15 minutes in warm water and add a little baking soda. Pat dry and apply organic coconut oil. Put on some cotton socks and go to bed.

The coconut oil is the only thing that has helped me. Years ago as a last resort I would use vaseline but I don't use those types of products anymore.

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I just read about how yellow skin on the bottom of feet is usually athlete's foot - the fungus eats the keratin protein so the skin makes more and it's yellowish and thick. Check out some photos of mocassin foot style athlete's foot photos.

Personally, I went pharmaceutical on mine with some Lamisil, but you might try some natural antifungals.

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mines not yellow, just thick. I just dont like how it looks, thats why I would like to get rid of it. I am a sahm so I am barefoot ALL the time, rarely do I remember to put my slippers on, thought I DO wear nice plush socks most of the time. I will have to try to soak them and use the coconut oil...do I need to file away the old skin or will put the coconut oil soften it back up to 'normal' skin??
I need to get coconut oil anyway as I am hearing how benefial it is in so many areas...I did try it on my baby when she had eczema hoping that it would help, but it didnt =( I'm hoping it works better on me!

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Callused, sometimes cracking feet can be an early indicator of glucose intolerance which can be a precursor to diabetes. In other words, if your body is having trouble dealing with sugar and white foods, then a common early sign of that is callused feet.

I don't know if this is true of you, but when I gave up sugar, my feet naturally softened up tremendously, yet I can still go barefoot quite comfortably.
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