17% is a high potency for any cream (maybe steroid). Other than that, soak feet or hands in warm soapy water to soften cracks. Then rub with a pumice stone and apply some moisturizer. During the day, hydrate and protect feet with a protective and moisturizing cream. At night, repair them with creams formulated from glycolic acid—a must for improving skin texture and tone. You can wear socks after applying the cream also.An insole or a heel cup may be used to keep the fat pad from expanding sideways. This is worn in the shoe and can be very effective at prevention.
If still the symptoms do not improve then please get a clinical examination done by a dermatologist
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing
thank you for this response. No doctor I've seen has been able to fix the issue but Vaseline helps temporarily. It's so frustrating not knowing what is wrong, and maybe even more frustrating to know that someone has found a "cure" but I can't figure out what it is :(
I have no idea whether it is the right treatment for you, or how well it works, but is it possible that you are trying to remember L-Carnitine? I found it described here:
It is an amino acid.
I am researching someone's similar symptoms, but I am not a medical professional. Current best guess on the other person's diagnosis is Dyshidrosis, which you might want to ask the Dermatologist about if they have not ruled that out or solved your problem yet.
Thank you so much for this answer - are you looking for a friend, family member, patient?
I just ordered L-Carnatine to see if it works and will let you know!
Truly thank you so much - I hope you find the answer and will keep you posted on this. If you come up with anything else, I'm more than happy to try it. I'll do anything to find a cure! So far I've tried Vitamin A, Hemp oil, and all kinds of lotions, vaseline, etc but those only moisturize for a few hours. It does seem like my feet are dehydrated nearly all of the time.
Hope to hear from you soon.