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Hi there,


I have had an issue with dry callused cracking feet for most of my life, but its definitely gotten worse in the past 5 years or so. 

They bother me a lot, get caught on the sheets or clothing, and I want to find a solution.

Feels like i have tried everything. Its not just from walking barefoot because when i make a conscious effort to wear shoes it does not go away. 

I have tried consistent warm water soaks with epsom salt, ACV, and EOs. I have a pumice stone that i used to gently scrub whenever i am in the shower. I even purchased a callus shaver that i use when i have time to do a full soak. I have tried using coconut oil, organic vegetable shortening, and other lotions but have found no relief. 

i would love to hear of another suggestions or natural approaches you might have. But also, i am curious if this is linked to some sort of vitamin or mineral deficiency. I have never seen anyone with feet as bad as mine. 

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I had a friend who claimed that these kinds of cracks in heels result from candida, and said as soon as she switched to a diet free of sugar, her heels were healed.  However, she was a raw food vegan, and in my opinion she still ate a lot of sugar in the form of dried fruits and date sugar, but her diet was pretty rich in vegetables and nuts.

I personally have had better luck with healing my own cracks by taking fish oil supplements and a vitamin D supplement.  I had much better skin this past winter, and that's the main thing I think I did differently.  If I get cracks in my heels that are painful, I do usually treat it with tea tree oil and it clears right up, but I am finding less cracking even though I still have a heavy callous on my heels. 

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What type of shoes do you wear

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I never thought it could be a mineral or vitmain defiency. I've dealt with the same thing but it's mostly from wearing inexpensive flip flops all summer. Does yours get better in the winter?

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They are the same all year round.
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My feet get terrible cracks sometimes. I find though that it happens when my diet is worse. If I cut down processed foods and add good fats like chia they are healed within weeks without me doing anything to my feet directly.

I read something once that when you are deficient in omega fatty acids the cells get stickier and dead cells in skin tend to stick and not be shed. Once you are more balanced they shed normally.

Udo in his book recommends an "oil change" where you consume 3 tbs of good oil like flax or chia a day for a month. I tried it and it wad like my skin was recreated in the most amazing way.

I must do that again!!
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Mine cleared up when I took gluten out of my diet - even though it was summer and I was wearing sandals all the time.

It was an unexpected benefit.

I did have multiple deficiencies caused by the gluten messing me up so much that I wasnt absorbing all the nutrion I was consuming. Supplements didn't help because I couldn't absorb from them either.

but everything has pros and cons  shrug.gif

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