This worked really well on my heels and the soles of my feet, which stay dry year-round and sandpaper-y through the winter. Regular application really makes a difference in how my feet look and feel. The trick is figuring out the best possible time to apply, especially if the aim is twice a day, because this stuff smells. It doesn't stink, it just smells...like (get ready) sweaty-but-fresh(?) feet. All I know is that I have to apply just before bedtime or else a much smaller amount in the morning while wearing gloves or something.
I have the worst feet, always have had. Even as a child I noticed they looked and felt like blocks of unsanded wood, especially when compared with the delicate tootsies of my female -- and male -- pals. I tried this three years ago, and in one night -- One. Night. -- my feet went from unsanded wood to something approaching polished agate. Okay, bad metaphor, but honestly, this stuff works!
When I first started using it, I applied it twice a day. I would wear socks to bed, usually, but not always. Now, I use it only once a day unless I have been going barefoot or regularly wearing sandals or flip flops. Because of this product, I don't scrape myself unintentionally when I sleep, I don't snag my heels on my socks or hose, I can wear sandals again without fear, and I don't feel self conscious about occasionally going barefoot. This product has saved my feet, and it has improved my self esteem. If you haven't tried this product, you really should.
This product works great for dry rough ugly heels. After applying it to my feet, I rub the remaining residue into my hands instead of washing it off. I have no tingling, warmth or any other side effects from the urea content in this product except the pleasant results of relief from thick dry cracked skin. Has a mild odor reminiscent of latex rubber which slowly dissipates over time & isn't overbearing. The HAND balm, on the other hand, smells intensely horrible, & I'd like to know why the foot product doesn't smell worse than the hand product? I find myself using the hand balm on my feet & then washing my hands because I can't take the terrible smell. I don't have to do that with the heel balm. I don't get it. They both work great. The heel balm is a bigger tube than the hand balm (by at least double) & I got them both at the same price ($6 each -- the heel balm was on sale from $10 orig price) at Drugstore.com. Haven't been able to find this in stores but I read such great things about it that I ordered it. Well I will NOT repurchase the hand balm, but I will definitely repurchase the heel balm when I run out. This stuff is great & works overnight. Doesn't leave my hands or feet feeling greasy. In fact it sinks in very well & later my skin feels dry to the touch but it doesn't feel like it's dried out, it just feels comfortable. So it's nice that I add a better smelling lotion over this product if I wish.
The tube stands upright on its flip-cap & it's made of soft pliable white plastic. Maybe a little bit too soft of a tube, but it's better than a rigid tube or bottle which makes it difficult to get any product out. The balm is like a thick lotion or soft cream in an ivory color. The hand balm is thicker & more beige/tan in color & looks quite medicinal (and again it bears saying it smells much worse). If this cream had a bit of a nicer fragrance to it, it would be perfect! (especially the hand balm) But the Heel Balm is perfectly fine just the way it is anyway.
UPDT 5/19/10 -
I don't understand what all the hub-bub is about the new improved version of this wonderful foot cream. Curious about the formula change that seems to have angered a lot of ppl, I bought a box of this that says "NEW Improved Formula' & the color is still beige (not white) except it's a lighter shade of beige than the more yellow color it originally was. I still have a tube of the original formula to compare with & the new version is a bit more smelly than the original (same odor but stronger, yet still not as bad IMO as the Hand Balm).
The cream is still just as thick & rich as before & applies just the same, though perhaps leaves my skin feeling greasier longer before it sinks in. It's a dry-textured cream, not oily. And it still works great.
Old or new version, I'd repurchase this product any day. Now I have a bunch of backups, since I've tried all of Flexitol's balms including Diabetic Foot Balm (almost identical formula) though I am not diabetic but I wanted to compare the versions for any differences in texture, odor, effectiveness, etc. I purchased these all together from Drugstore.com which offers free shipping for $49+ total purchase.
Rough, scaly heels, bottom of big toes now a thing of the past and I have tried all kinds of other OTC products (pretty much every body and hand lotion sold in the US, Kerasal (which worked OK, but not as good as this), shea butter, coconut oil (which worx great for the rest of my feet area), vaseline...) - this worx the best. 2 nights under cotton socks = much softer skin in the problem areas. Still need to use my Ped Egg if I want to get rid of ALLL the rough skin, but this stuff gets rid of 90% and frankly, I don't always have the desire or energy to scrape away w/ the Ped Egg. W/ this tube, I can sit in bed, slather on my feet, put on my socks and curl up under the covers. Definitely HG material (plus it is VERY reasonably priced at mass retailers like Walgreens, Target and (I think) Walmart. Recommend!!
I bought this last weekend because of the great reviews here. MUA comes through again for me!
My therapist said that my heels were the worst she had ever seen. So I went nuts.... I started shaving the rough skin, getting more pedicures and using a grater and a file also. I also used udder ointment from the Fleet Farm store. Then a year later I came across all the great reviews for this product and tried it. It's the best thing I have used yet for lotions. It's simple to use and I did it for 3 days and yes I did see improvement. I will still grate, file and get pedicures but this was a big help! This is at Walmart, Walgreens or Target if you need a place to find it.
I always had dry heels. Not cracked, but dry and scaly. Tried to keep them in check by exfoliating at bath time, but now I am building a house and haven't had a bathroom for a while, and am too lazy to take foot baths. This cream works very well, I use it 1-2 time a day, depending on what I remember, and my feet look presentable again.
Also works great on SO's calluses on hands from working out.
As a diabetic, I can't take good enough care of my feet. It used to worry me that my heels were dry and cracked to the point that it hurt to take a step at times. My husband asked a pharmacist what would be the best treatment for my heels and was told to buy Flexitol Heel Balm. Within three or four days of morning and night use, my heels are in fabulous shape. True, the scent isn't appealing, but for what it does for me, I don't even care. Besides, you can't really smell it that much after you throw on a pair of socks to lock in all that Flexitol goodness.
like others have said this stuff is truly amazing. I wouldn't say i have terrible cracked feet or anything but after wearing flip flops all summer my feet were getting dry so i started using this everynight with cotton socks and then using a pumic stone in the shower in the morning and WOW what a difference! i never knew my feet could even be this soft, they are just as soft as my hands or any other skin on my body and they aren't dry one bit. even my boyfriend commented on how nice my feet looked and how soft they were. definitely give it a try!
It really does work like nothing else. Softens the feet wonderfully. I have never been patient enough to put the same cream or lotion on my feet more than a week. Because they never really worked! With Flexitol I started seeing the improvement in the first few days. I then knew it was worth taking the time and applying the cream every night. I have been using it now for a few weeks and my feet look much much better.
There is another positive thing about this cream is that it is reasonably priced. Try it. You probably won´t be disappointed.
Update: I have been using a tiny amount on my hands and nails lately. Use it only once a day and it is enough to keep my hands moisturized.. And it works better than any cuticle cream I have tried.