Foot cream is a product we all know we should use on our Dry Cracked heels…but which one. Some foot creams are so messy you avoid using them and others you wonder whether they are full of petrochemicals or been tested on animals. As Podiatrists we have high standards for foot creams…not everything will make the grade but we are mindful of the budget, we want value for money when we recommend a health product. Let us walk you through why you should use a foot cream and simplify your selection process.
Your skin is designed to do “One Big Job” and that is to keep the outside out and the inside in. Your skin is probably the most important organ of your body and it needs to be strong and flexible to keep all the nastiness on the outside.
Women will spend a small fortune on facial moisturisers, some better than others, but they forget about those dry cracked heels. Now Dry skin is not only unsightly it is an open invitation for bacteria and infection. People with Diabetes are always told to moisturise their feet to help prevent infection and ulceration but what about the rest of us. Here is a good rule to live by:
“If you Value your Health you need to moisturise your skin, especially your feet, to reduce the risk of infection.”
Nice supple skin not only looks great and feels good, now you know it helps protect you from all the Nasties.
What Foot Creams do Podiatrists Recommend?
After more than 25 years trying lots of different Foot creams we have a few simple rules.
1.They need to Add moisture to the skin…not grease
2.They need to be safe, easy and convenient to apply…or you won’t do it
3.They need to be economical and long lasting
In most cases using a cheap as chips all purpose Body moisturiser two to three times a day is better than nothing. So if the budget is tight, find one of these that is in your price range, doesn’t smell terrible and use it by the bucket load. You are still doing some good so keep persevering but when you compare moisturisers, take into consideration the time and money savings of more effective foot creams. Treatments that are long lasting and effective can be more economical. Read our Tips for Standard moisturisers down the page.
For ease and convenience we want a pump action or squirt bottle dispenser. Leave it in plain sight so that you are reminded to actually use the stuff…no good to you left in the bottle. Check that the cream will not stain clothes or fabric, especially carpet, or you may be in the dog house if you are leaving footprints or staining the sheets.
Safety…if the cream is greasy you need to wipe off any excess before replacing footwear or going about barefoot. Use disposable paper towel, vigorously rubbing excess cream off so you don’t go slip sliding around the house. Some people advise you to wear socks about the house after moisturising your feet but research shows this can increase the chance of falls in the elderly…and most likely the young as well.
Most Heel Balms and foot creams for very dry skin have urea and or acids from petrochemicals as active ingredients. They come in various concentrations and have been on the market for many years e.g. Eulactol, Calmurid, Duit, NS-8. Some formulations have a greasy base and others rub in quite well. They are very effective if used correctly…some are a lot messier than others. We haven’t found any Standard Foot cream that we are able to apply a sticking plaster or adhesive tape to the skin once they have been applied so if your shoe has rubbed and you need to apply a Band-aide you will have to go without your moisturising routine for the day.
Tips for Standard Foot Creams
•Apply after shower to damp skin to enhance moisture uptake
•Apply to feet whilst seated for safety reasons
•Remove excess with disposable paper towel
•Check with manufacturer if cream stains clothing or carpet
The main disadvantages of “Standard Foot Creams” is difficulty of application, safety concerns, clothing stains and inability to use adhesive plasters. Mostly they work well but they can be a bit of a pain to use.
Luckily someone came up with an Alternative Foot Cream
We use Nemidon Gel products in the Yin Health Clinic and at Home…actually family and friends keep stealing my Nemidon Gel so I’m going to have to find a place to hide it. We still use other creams for very specific cases…when we want the cream to be greasy or have an acid formulation. Since you asked us what do we as Podiatrists recommend…
Nemidon Gels…and why we use them
•Moisturises quickly leaving the skin clean, dry and hydrated
•Long lasting economical protection – apply every 2 days once skin texture improves
•Socks, hosiery and adhesive strapping etc can be applied immediately after
•Does not stain clothing
•Does not contain petrochemicals or alcohol
•Not tested on animals
•Safe for Diabetics – assisting to prevent infection by maintaining skin integrity
•Scientifically proven – Double blind studies show it has the ability to deposit large amounts of water onto the skin with a long lasting effect
Nemidon Natural Gels Pure moisture for your skin
If you need a little more convincing ask Your Podiatrist Colin to apply some at the end of the consultation and give you a Free sample to try at home.