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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2015, 10:20:01 AM »
I noticed, Ian, at AHG in August that you had very svelte soles for someone that does as much walking as you.  Now I know the secret!  My wife uses a ped egg.  Maybe I should get one too - the sandpaper might not be enough.
It's no secret, John, I have shared my regimen previously (on the old TSNS forum - that feels a long time ago now). I recall a few others saying they had used the ped eggs with good results too. Sandpaper will probably work, but I suspect it takes far longer to get all the built up hard skin off with paper than it does with the ped egg (compare removing wood from a block using sand paper with using a surform).

The Body Shop balm works well and absorbs fairly well into the skin. I have previously used other products such as the Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream, but it leaves the skin very greasy and does not seem to be half as effective.

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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2015, 03:42:44 PM »
This year I've used nothing to treat my feet. In the past the only thing I've used is moisturising cream if my feet felt particularly sore or if I noticed cracks.
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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2015, 08:43:42 PM »
Yea, I've never sanded my feet. It seems that with good oils, that they should take care of themselves, naturally. What would the ancients do? They would brush and scrape to clean pores and make a better avenue to cleanse, clearing the dead skin cells. Does this make for more callous, scar tissue and does that make for less cleanse, making a cycle? What is your thinking?

I'm wondering what toxins are used to make sandpaper, to treat it, get the sand to stick, etc. One would need to cleanse pretty deep after getting it into pores. Ever soaked them afterwards and looked at the residue? Jus' thinkin'.

Also, like using lipbalm, overuse may cause dependence and diet may be a factor. I only use bag balm occasionally as massage, or when I see drying. I wipe most of it off after massage. It gets all over the floor, anyway, an oily trail of foot prints. ;D

I notice that heat and heat from exercise will make my feet sweat more. This brings out oils. They get slippery on rocks. It gets more difficult when climbing, similar to why climbers use chalk on their hands. The weekly sweat helps the natural expiration of the skins pores and toxins. This, I think, applies to the bottoms of feet, too.

Well, off to soak this wound in sea salt and lay the feet out in the sunshine to dry and get light naturally. 

I heard of a study last night with explanation from a doctor. Cells have a piece for processing light for communication, just like plant chlorophyll process, just one different molecular component away. UV therapy is good. UV blockers are bad and cancer causing. Sunscreen causes cancer! Sun light heals.
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« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2015, 10:27:45 AM »
I am sure that I would not require the use of the ped egg if I spent more time barefoot outside. My problem is that I do not have enough opportunity to walk barefoot on rough textured ground, which would naturally abrade the hard skin.

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« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2015, 11:16:36 AM »
Barefoot all over, all over: Part THREE is up with a trip report:
http://thefreerangenaturist.org/2015/10/27/barefoot-all-over-all-over-part-three/
I republished "Alf’s Rules for Hiking Barefoot" from a ways back. It is a wonderful guideline. It made me miss Alf's camaraderie.
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« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2015, 02:48:26 PM »
I don't really like using moisturisers because a) their effect is very temporary and b) if you walk off barefoot, no matter how effectively you have rubbed in the unguent used, it comes off on the floor and/or makes stuff stick to your feet.  Not everything for the sole is good for the soul.

My trip to a new chiropodist mentioned below was interesting in that I broached all the footcare topics to get a 'second opinion' having got used to my previous chiropodist's opinions.

She seemed supportive of sandpaper used carefully as they themselves use a little craft drill sized sanding disc to smooth off their decallousing work. She had a robust view of moisturisation which was similar to mine with the additional opinion that moisture was good for cosmetic appeal and helped avoid cracking (which I don't let happen!).  I asked if there was any way to prevent growth of hard dry skin and she was of the opinion that it varies widely across individuals- I was middle to low in propensity to callousing.  I asked her to check for any signs of athlete's foot which I have had a bit of in the past but have ensured I haven't had again for many years.  She inspected and pronounced my pedal dermatological health was good.  However after she'd carved my flaky bits off (and done my feet!), she remarked that the edges of my sole were a bit pink which may possibly indicate subcutaneous fungal activity. Whilst this was asymptomatic, it might be causing more rapid callousing.  Oh dear.  So she suggested a month applying an antifungal cream twice daily.  So I complied. 2 weeks in I report that the moisturising effect prevents the cosmetic dry appearance.  I can't really see any reduction in pinkness and I won't be able to judge the rate of callous formation for 3 months minimum because it's not that noticeable until 3-4 months have gone by.  The deeply irritating thing is that there seems no way to prevent the inconvenience of walking around with feet damp with cream other than spending 20' in the bathroom waiting for it to absorb or hopping about on the minimum of foot area which is ludicrous or, as I am doing, using the same pair of old flipflops when 'creamed up' on the assumption that the soles of the footwear will get saturated in the goofus and so I'll not lose on the floor all the benefit that I've just spent ages massaging into me old plates.

One situation that always moisturises the feet is the wearing of socks & shoes.  After a reluctant day shod, the natural reabsorption of sweat into the skin moisturises it.  And in case you are crying 'too much information' at this point, note that I don't have sweaty or smelly feet!  I look after their hygiene and welfare better!

From the heart of my sole and the soul in my heart,

John

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« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2015, 04:26:13 AM »
I put Barefoot all over, all over: Part FOUR a simple quick mention of conditioning feet over at:

http://thefreerangenaturist.org/2015/11/04/barefoot-all-over-all-over-part-five/

I got an email from our peddler of barefoot sandals in Colorado. He has produced a series of videos as follows. I can't disagree with him in these. He also has some new shoe designs available. I kind of like the way that the heel is made snug without the endless tying of the huaraches. Here are the links:
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-1-toughen-your-feet/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-2-your-calves-will-get-sore/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-3-prepare-to-run-barefoot/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-4-walk-before-you-run/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-5-its-frustrating-to-learn/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-6-lengthen-your-achilles-tendon/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-7-use-transition-shoes/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-8-be-barefoot-everywhere/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-9-barefoot-and-minimalist-shoes/
http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/barefoot-running-myths-lies-and-truth-10-you-cant-do-it/

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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2015, 09:04:15 PM »
I republished "Alf’s Rules for Hiking Barefoot" from a ways back. It is a wonderful guideline. It made me miss Alf's camaraderie.

I miss his posts too. His reports of camping in the north woods always made me want to go camping too.

His reports on enforced nudity were responsible for my 1st attempt at that throat parching activity.
I'm glad you saved that post of his.

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« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2015, 01:33:34 AM »
I also miss Alf. He was a great contributor and as I recall our one Canadian.
I do hope his disappearance was of his own volition rather than that the great crash of '09 severed his connection and that he is well, happy, prosperous and naked a lot!  Wasn't it Alf that went barefoot at work?

Re xero shoes: My huaraches are 2 x self made pair and 1 x Xero shoes.  The xeros are the comfortablest footwear I possess!

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« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2015, 05:35:30 PM »

Re xero shoes: My huaraches are 2 x self made pair and 1 x Xero shoes.  The xeros are the comfortablest footwear I possess!

John

I prefer my leather homemade. They conform, the sole near the toes doesn't fold under when I hit a carpet, or slide my feet and my feet don't sweat next to the rubber. They are a time consuming pain to lace up, however. I'm considering those new ones that he is making. They just slide on and might hold my heal like my five toes shoes or huaraches. I still have these duck feet 4x'z size E to contend with when buying shoes. I might buy the available hardware for those shoes and put them on leather. This new thing may be the compromise that I need for hot flat surfaces in everyday use.
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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2015, 08:20:57 PM »
I also miss Alf. He was a great contributor and as I recall our one Canadian.
I do hope his disappearance was of his own volition rather than that the great crash of '09 severed his connection and that he is well, happy, prosperous and naked a lot!  Wasn't it Alf that went barefoot at work?

I seem to remember seeing a post lamenting his absence back then. He apparently was monitoring the site at the time and replied that that was indeed the cause of his falling away. He had become frustrated with the intermittent site problems, blue screens, no service et.al.

I didn't get the impression he was annoyed with anyone.

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« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2015, 11:13:43 PM »
I am a tenderfoot.  Can't walk barefoot on anything unless soft.  That's a dilemma because I can't stand shoes.  Ugh.

However, since I spend a lot of time in water i have come to really enjoy a pair of kayaking footies that's almost like bare feet.  I wear them year round shuffling in the sand or gravel in lakes and beach.  They're like those five toe shoes.  I love them. They are warm in winter and neutral in summer.

I recently got a similar pair for minimalist footwear on rocks and getting to/from water that can take the heat off concrete but are webbed on top so airy.  Nice compromise.

Otherwise I'm in crocs flips or keens if I have to wear something, like protection from the bramble raspberries that claw at you mercilessly. 

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« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2015, 05:59:40 PM »
I am a tenderfoot.  Can't walk barefoot on anything unless soft.  That's a dilemma because I can't stand shoes.  Ugh.



I understand Kayaker.  My feet used to be like that.  I wanted to go barefoot but I would get 100 feet off my lawn and my feet hurt so much I had to go back.  Shoes make our feet too tender to walk on mother earth, our feet end up crippled and dependent.  It took me 3 full years of training to restore my natural foot strength and ability, and even the 4th year they got better. 

I started by getting a pair of this sole "huaraches" from Xero Shoes.  They still protect feet from sharp rocks but don't confine your toes, etc.  After a year of wearing those I was hiking on a mountain one day and the strap broke so I walked back barefoot, and still haven't fixed them.  That was 3 years ago now.  Even the dry pine needles seldom penetrate my leather like but flexible natural soles. 

My suggestion is to get some thin sole sandals that offer minimal but real protection for tender feet, and let your feet begin with a half way to bare experience for a year or so.  Then deliberately push their strength and tenderness sometimes each day.  Like any kind of physical conditioning feet take regular exercise to become strong.   You don't need shoes, none of us do. 

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« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2015, 07:54:41 PM »
Kayaker, what are the footies? Can you give us links? I looked around and found Darkfin split toe booties. Are these them?
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« Reply #29 on: November 10, 2015, 02:19:11 AM »
Lisa, I would deffo recommend huaraches as they let you be nearly barefoot without having to worry too much about the ground conditions.  It seems they helped Bob rehabilitate his tolerance of barefooting on natural ground.
John