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Hmph - wonky! I never knew that cracked heels were correlated with hypothyroidism! Although, I should have suspected something since my beautiful feel only developled thick, white skin and painful heel cracks the winter after my diagnosis.

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Amen, sister!

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I hope I haven't sounded mean or get misunderstood. I had hyperthyroidism. so now I will take medication for the rest of my life.My Endocrinologist is very knowledgeble. I'm very fortunate to have found him. I find that I do feel better and didn't develope Graves Decease. I also can sleep at night now and I still have some of the symptoms but part of them is just the body getting older. I wish all of you the very best. Blessings to all of you.

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Purr, I am brand new to this site and I have found more great information about my condition here in a few days than I have trying doctor after doctor for the last 3 years. You are so right about how doctors refuse to listen to information from your own research and unwillingness to prescribe armour or anything other than synthroid. The depression that comes with the frustration of getting no relief and never getting better is sometimes hard to handle. Perhaps Run should just be so thankful that she feels so great and have more patience and understanding for those of us who would give anything to feel good again. Thank you so much for all your good advice and information.

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Run, our confusion came from your rather harshly phrased beginning note. You asked where we were coming up with information or relating it to hypothyroidism. Most times we attempt to provide information about where we found it. Your comment was lotion would fix dry skin--it won't always and for those of us that already know we have a thyroid issue yes this IS related. Remember many of the folks joining this list just got diagnosed.

What you are forgetting until this last note of yours is that not everyone knows how to research, or even that they have a need to. I know for years I didn't question my doctors either. We as women typically won't question our doctors..after all they are the ones educated for this purpose aren't they? We get this attitude you represented that it's in our heads....it's not connected to thyroid. Here take some antidepressants....take something to control reflux. When if we were treated correctly to begin with this wouldn't have been needed. Most doctors are not as progressive as yours and won't allow someone to try cytomel...they don't believe in dessicated. We have to fight tooth and nail many many times to get heard and treated like we are even worth wasting their time on to read research we've found or to try to find something to alleviate symptoms.

You stated you hardly had any of our problems. It doesn't mean we aren't justified in relating it to our conditions. We took offense at your tone...rightly so because we get slammed with it entirely too often. Your hypo cause is going to be drastically different than those of us enduring autoimmune hypothyroidism. We have alot of other things going on in our bodies.

I'm glad you're getting good care and that you've done your job looking into your condition. Not everyone is in that situation, however, and we need to be supportive of them rather than condemning.



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I guess some people just don't read well either, I'm sorry, if you missunderstood. That I said that I too went through all the issues and problems that all of you have gone through, though, maybe not as severe...But I too was born with Hypothroidism, had it all my life! When trough all the ups and downs with it. Maybe I came off sounding harsh because it seemed to me to be a very simple fix and it didnt' seem like something that would be related to Hypothroidism?

Purrballs, just wanted to say that, When I was younger I took the Armor brand made from Desicated annimal thyroids with had both the T4 & T3 horomones. I did great, never had any problems, it was when I was teenager back in the 1970's when Synthroid came out that I was switched to it. and took only it for 30 some years! That I had all the problems! I never knew how or why? either.

It wasn't until recently that I started researching the how's and whys...You have to be your own health advocate. But just do bury yourself into believing everything your read about it as a corrilation to your Thyroid problems, becasuse it may not be the case. Because if your like me, in your 50's and coming into your Menopausal stage of life, you can have just about the same kinds of issues as someone who is normal without Thyroid problems.

What I learned is: that even though the bloodtests always came out normal for the amount of Synthroid I was getting that my body was converting it from T4 to T3 it was not! So I asked my Doctor about what I researched in adding Cytomel a T3 horomone to my regimet. And the results where phenominal! I felt Great! Actually for a 53 year old I feel like I did when I was 10 years old!

I currently take .075mcgs of Synthroid and 10mcgs of Cytomel.

yes I do care about everyone here! sorry if I'm one who also gives alittle tough love to the situation, but I really wish all of you can feel like I do! What was getting me down, it was the fact that to me, everyone seemed like they were constantly whining and complaining, yet the weren't lisening to what other's were telling them about what they can do about it? I Tried, but I felt that why should I keep add my suggestions, if your aren't going to try to help yourself?

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I don't think any of us encourage whining and/or sitting back with a oh woe is me attitude. But we do encourage acknowledging what can be caused by thyroid issues. For some of us our bodies just don't convert T4 to T3 like Run's obviously does. That adds an extra wrinkle into the mixture. Then there can be further complications of additional autoimmune issues such as celiac, fibromyalgia, etc. You're fortunate you do not deal with any of these other issues Run. The key to solving anything is finding the cause then discovering what works to resolve it. THAT is our purpose on here. Helping others to find something that works for them to feel better so they CAN get out and enjoy life.

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Thanks for the tip. I have a really rough emery board and I use it after every shower and bath. My feet always feel rough after they are dry. Then I file away the rough calluse that way they don't crack as much. I also go regularly for a pedicure. Don't do this when feet are wet.

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Run!

The cracked heal thingie, actually I had that a coupla years before I was dx'ed hypothyroid. The condition was caused by a fungus, it not only looked revolting, but there was bleeding from the cracks, mere lotion no longer worked, the way it does for dry skin.

I had to physically remove the calluses by soaking and using an old razor to shave off the callus, and polish the surface off with pumice stone. Not sure if that's the other poster's problem, exactly, but it was my experience. Thank goodness it never returned.

Good point about cotton socks! My foot fungi loved em!

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Quote:[You don't know what its like to be suckerpunched out of nowhere by this disease]

Sorry to say, but I too was suckerpunched out of nowhere! I didn't ask to be born with it. But like I said, Have have had to deal with all those symptoms too. I said that most things like Dry skin, cracked heels, hands whereever it may be. It's simple, just put some lotions and conditioners it.

My suggestion: Alot of times depending on the type of Socks you wear. Sometimes the friction of wearing 100% cotton socks can not only cause blisters, but I found also can dry out the skin by pulling the moisture right out of it. So At night try coating your feet/heels in Vasaline or Baby Oil put a sock on them that is of the Moisture wicking (meaning they take away the sweat) But still leave the skins natural moisture to keep the skin soft! it always works for me.

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I created a thread "Your Personal Thyroid Management Philosophy" in the Newbie forum and made it a sticky.

IMO its a neat idea for a number of reasons, listed on that thread.

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Hey Runner!

Whereas I applaud your path, some here are not quite at the level of emotional adjustment or acceptance that you are. Perhaps because you were born with thyroid disease, and you have never known anything but that, you don't know what its like to be suckerpunched out of nowhere by this disease. But I'm not you, so I don't know.

For the record, our forums are a safe place for people to come for suggestions of how to manage their disease and any side issues like the cracked heel one that is the initial subject of this thread.
While we don't encourage whining... we do welcome a chance to have a crack at solving whatever problem one of our members is having...offer our collective experience.


What you have suggested here is an excellent hypothyroid disease philosophy... a way to live your life, be healthy both emotionally and physically.

But it does not address the very real physical problem of cracked heels. Cracked heels which may or may not be caused by our condition. Does it really matter what the etiology of the cracked heels are? I don't think so. What matters is that here's a puzzle that requires a solution.

I think I will start a thread on the General Forum. Its title will be: Your Personal Thyroid Philosophy.

I would encourage you to copy and paste your "3 step" post there.

Welcome to our team, sorry we got off to a rocky start!

Now everyone, please, lets play nice!
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I was Born with hypothyroidism back in 1957. Yes, I've been there and done that- Lived through with the ups and downs in just about all those problems that everyone here has had. But you know what... You can choose what you want to do.

1.Accept the idea that your hypothroid, Quit blaming itand move on and live your life to the Fullest!

2. Or you can wallow in your sorrows, compaints and whining about it and get yourself deeper and deeper in depression with it?

3. Find someone that will inspire you! Who can change your perception of your Thyroid Condition, No, you won't get rid if the Thyroid problem but they will help you to learn to accept it to move on. For me it was Jillian Michaels who also is Hypothyroid. But you wouldn't know it from seeing her on TBL. Plus I have Friends and Family members who are also Hypothyroid too, sure they've had the same problems, but they rarely complain about. They just accepted it are living proof to living their life to the Fullest!



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Thank you for the reply. I have all that. I also have no appitite. I'm not giving up.

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agreed....if I don't eat enough and in the right proportions for me found through trial and error and recording everything...I WONT lose. Sounds like you're not eating enough. Our bodies are uber efficient at going into starvation mode and holding onto every calorie.

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hey Diamon!

I looked at your food tracker. I don't know if you are recording all your foods, but there's not enuf food on there to keep a cat alive and well! So I' not sure if you are recording everything... some days I don't get all my foods down either.

A couple of suggestions.

Start recording everything you eat. Load into your tracker vitamins and minerals, to see where you are lacking.

I take a low dose multivitamin as insurance. I'm cheap so I get the Equate Brand from Walmart. I also take calcium, magnesium and zinc, because it seems I am always low on those three.

Eating fish a coupla times a week is a good idea. I take both krill and fish oils to help raise my HDL cholesterol to counter my LDL. Carlson's is a good brand, I get it for half price from Vitacost (online retailer).

Try to get 5 or more fruits and veggies into your day. They are loaded with good stuff that you can't get from a pill.

We need protien for our dry skin. Recently I've been making a push to get more, in the form of whey and boiled eggs. A good snack is an egg with a piece of fruit or a vegetable like cucumbers, carrots or celery. Its filling, quick and has crunch appeal.

We have to get some form of exercise everyday. Even if it means taking a walk around the block. Whatever you can to do, in order to move.

Hope some of these things help restore you energy and help you do feel better and lose weight! Its tough, but considering the alternatives, worthwhile.

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I had hyperthyroidism for years and didn't know it. Well I had all the problems that go with it except weight loss. My weight stayed the same and I was normal with loads of energy. Well I took the pill to kill the growing thyroid. Now I'm overweight and no mater what I do I can't seem to loose weight. It took 3 months of eating less than a 1000 calories a day and walking 30 minutes everyday. to lose 5 lbs. I'm tired all the time and don't care about doing much of anyting. I have all of the simptoms you all have. Maybe someone here could give me a hint as to what to do.

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I agree IRUN....you have been fortunate. Thank your lucky stars you have been.

Not everyone's body works the same way, however, and YES these can BE thyroid related. If my thyroid isn't exactly right on...I have plantar fascitis, eczema out the wazoo, acne in my hair, and a number of odd things. For some of us NO amount of lotion will fix the dry skin....any lotion! Even prescription hydrators.

It's NOT coincidence these all disappear when ALL my thyroid numbers are in a certain range. If one is out of whack......I'm a mess. This is the claptrap we get from so many doctors....and we have to find out on our own we ARE right....IT IS THYROID!

And we do get out and enjoy life. I walk probably 20 miles a week, on top of fishing, gardening, gathering things in nature. etc.

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Ohh Laurpud, my dad and mother both did that!!! They tried to get me to one time, I was very tight-lipped! :)

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Just saw your post about cracked/dry feet. My Podiatrist is the one that told me that dry/cracked feet were often related/due to hypothyroidism. She suggested "Miracle Feet" which I tried and am now on my 2nd tube. It works wonderful!! It is also good for DH's elbows! :)

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Thank you Mzzchief! Wow, that was harsh!!

IRUNBIKE2BFIT-Perhaps you don't understand how many different bodily functions that the thyroid DOES affect? I wash my face every night, & rinse it every morning & it doesn't break out. Unless my thyroid meds need to be adjusted. Until the last 5 years, I did NOT have super dry skin, heart palpitations, weight gain problems, callouses on my feet, or a myriad of other problems that I get to deal with now.
You feel awesome? How great for you! But for those of us who feel like CRAP every day, how about a little compassion? Or at least keep your vitriol to yourself.

PS: Where did you get your degree in endocrinology? Just curious!

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Runtobefit!

Please don't judge others, until you have run in their shoes!

Not everyone is blessed with your good fortune.

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Geese where you people keep comeing up with this stuff is beyond me? I've had Hypothyroidism all my life and hardly ever had any of this stuff/ that I've read up on here. If you have dry skin no matter where it's at, put on some moistureizing lotion on it and be done with it. 9 times out of 10 it's NOT going to be related to your Thyroid.

Maybe if every one would just stop trying to read in to every thing they read and trying to relate it to their Hypothyroidsim and get up and get out and enjoy life, you'd feel so much better! I know I've been doing it and haven't had any problems.



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I have had cracked heels for years now. I try and get regular pedicures because I am also diabetic and (i confess) just love being pampered this way.....but my feet continue to be dry and rough. I have had the callouses removed with a razor by the professionals at the salon...in fact just had it done last week and it was one of my best peddies ever. (the cost was only $22 for those on a strict budget)The problem I find is that the callouses grow back. I use a file almost daily but can not use socks at night because it is way too HOT!
I never connected this with thyroid problems but now it is starting to make sense. Dry skin...dry hair....etc etc. I will try the emu oil since it is the only remedy mentioned here that I have not tried yet

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hey guys!

Another thing that works is if you add some vinegar to the water... about a cup. Just plain oil distilled vinger, the cheap stuff that you clean with, works great!

If you do use a callus scraper/old disposable razor... you will prolly have to follow up with a pumice stone to smooth things out and get a more aesthetic appearance. I forgot to mention that in my previous posts.

But the bottom line on this condition... no matter what lotion you put on your feet after your treatment, you've absolute HAVE to get the dead skin off if you want this problem to end... remember... its not "you" you are removing... its "dead you" and fungus... a mini callus factory that will be pumping out misery for as long as you ignor it.

Now if that doesn't getcha moving towards a hot water soak and a callus removal tool ( be it ped egg or shaver) I don't know what will!

All it takes is time, tools, technique and a bit of determination. You don't have to remove it all in one day if you are short on time, you can do it over the course of a week. Just don't ignor it!

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Good ideas. I have tried some, but I will be trying the vicks and shaving. I use the ped egg at least once a week, but I think my skin is too thick and dead.

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I agree, Purrballs, I "discovered" emu oil last fall by accident & have loved it ever since. It's also the ONLY thing that will clear up my skin when my meds are off. Yay for adult acne! (she said, dripping with sarcasm!)
It's a little expensive, which makes me hesitate to use it, plus I'm not at the bleeding stage yet. I've only just started working again after 17 months of unemployment, so I'm going to try Mzzchief's tip 1st.
Thank you both for your awesome tips!

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again I'll state that emu oil is nature's BEST healer. I mix it in shea butter for body butter to great results. My hub's doc who treated him for cellulitus that entered through a foot crack couldn't believe his feet after a week of using this.

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Thanks Mzzchief! I've had this problem for a while now & thought it was because I can't wear socks(too hot) I know that tea tree oil works on foot or nail fungus, but I'll happily try the Vick's.
On a gross side note, whenever my father started coming down with a cold or flu, he used to dose himself with a spoonful of Vick's Vapo Rub- that's right. He'd EAT a spoonful of that stuff! I'll just bet it killed off whatever ailed him!
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I agree with the folks that say get rid of the callouses. Ive heard that ped egg is great but use after a foot soak-works better. Also-definitely can be fungal-get the OTC antifungal OINTMENT-not cream and smear on after removing as much callous as possible and cover that with vaseline and put on socks. For daily use-can use Zim's crack cream-heard it is a miracle product. Try those!

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My daughter had this problem as well. Her's was so bad that they bled and hurt constantly. We found a product called Everything Balm that worked wonderful! After seeing her results I bought myself some. You can find it at www.goodiesunlimited.com. It is the best thing since sliced bread!

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I use a ped egg every other day and that little ten dollar baby really works. It just rubs that rough skin right off. It is worth a try. I also put vicks on my feet after I use my egg to keep my feet soft and my sinuses clear. I have no idea how putting vicks on your feet works for your head but it does so I do it. Plus soft feet to boot! I tried the heel razor and I keep cutting myself and it looked ugly so I tried the ped egg and I like it much better.

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Hmm.

You may need to get more of the calluses off. The razor and soaking technique is really the only way to do it if you have thick calluses. IMO just take the afternoon off relax and have a spa day in your bathroom. Or soak them at nite when you are watching TV, or at the computer. That's where I soaked mine, I had each foot in a big pot of soapy water while I was typing away!

Also try Vicks rather than Vaseline.

If you've really got a stubborn problem, try one of the anti-fungal creams they have at the drug store AFTER you've gotten the calluses off. Otherwise its like putting a bandaid on a broken arm.

Okay, I looked online and here's a link that may interest you. There's even a video link in the left column. I just used an old disposable razor, but they actually make razors just for callous removal:

www.callusremovers.net/callus_shaver
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It seems that since I was officially diagnosed with hypothyroidism, that my heels and even the sides of my feet have become dry and sometimes crack (although it doesn't hurt or bleed). It's gross to look at and I used to have such nice looking feet. Not now! I prefer to be barefoot in the summertime and most of the time at home, but I find myself keeping my shoes and socks on more often. I try pumice stones and even the foot files (sandpaper type) to remove the dry skin but it doesn't get it all. It doesn't seem to help much either. It is always there a couple days later. I've tried lotions of all kinds, even using Vaseline and socks at night. I hated the greasy feeling that was still there when I woke up. I'm at a loss as to why my feet look so horrible now. I want pretty feet again!

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hey Jenu1!

Yah I had that problem, but before I had hypothyroid disease. What a mess! I didn't go barefoot, I wore regular atheletic shoes with socks pretty much all the time, so I was shocked that I had thick calluses and cracked heels!

Turns out its caused by a fungus, it gets in the skin and causes calluses to form and cracks to go with them. Sometimes our toenails will get a fungus, too, that turns them all yellow. Had that too, right before I was dx'ed with thyroid disease.

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In any case, the remedy is to remove the callouses. I did mine with a regular razor that was at the end of its life. I took a shower, scrubbed my feet, then soaked each foot in a pot of warm soapy water for 30 minutes and started "shaving" the softened calluses off my feet.

If you do it this way, it goes fast, so be careful because you can get too close to live skin and cut yourself... not good! But the bottom line is you've got to get the callus off, cuz that's where the fungi farm is.

When you're done, rub in some Vicks Vapor Rub (its got camphor in it so its kinda like a fungicide) or just regular petroleum jelly, put on some clean socks. From that point on make sure you take a pumice stone or scrub brush to your feet everytime you shower and it should not come back.

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My endo has stated that cracked and dry heals is a sign that the synthroid is not high enough. He has increased my synthroid. I will let you know what happens. I went all this winter without the heals cracking and my old endo dropped my dose my a day. She had me taking the same dose, but only 6 days a week instead of 7 days. When I decrease that, my heals craacked and it was Feb ( I went thru the entire winter not one crack). My heals are still dry though. Hope that straightens out with the correct dose.

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Hi I have this problem also.

I use udder cream Walmart has in the pharmacy area - yes it says it works on cows udders but I was turned on to this by my great grand mother (yes they used it on their cows ands her hands were always so smooth)

I use the rough nail file and sand away till most of the dead skin is gone - then rub the cream in every night

If I skip to many nights my heals actually crack - then I coat my heal with vasaline put a piece of bandage material over the cut and then duct tape my heal up to keep the cut closed where my snug shoes and in a few days it usually heals up. Yes duct tape it sticks really well in hot weather. Once you get used to the odd feeling it actually gets comfortable to walk on.

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Do you go barefoot alot? I used to have that problem if I didn't wear shoes. Now I wear shoes or comfortable sandals ALL day and I don't have that problem. Also...Gold Bond lotion works pretty good too. Try lotion then socks and shoes for a week to see if it helps at all. Good luck. Denise

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My heels are cracked and hurt so much that it is hard to walk. As I searched the WWW I am finding yet another issue that can be caused by hypothyroidism. Does anyone else have this problem? I have read that the cracked heels can also be caused by excessive weight but I can not get rid of this problem lately. Any advice?

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