Calluses are areas of thickened skin that help protect your feet from friction. Unfortunately, calluses can be rough, unsightly and even uncomfortable if they get too thick. Calluses tend to develop on the parts of the feet that come in contact with the ground, such as the balls of the feet, the heels and the outer edge of the soles. You also may develop calluses on the bottom of your toes. You can fix calloused feed with some simple home remedies.
Things You'll Need
- Tub for soaking feet
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1/8 cup liquid body wash
- Pumice stone
- Corn and callus pads
Combine the Epsom salts and body wash in the foot-soaking tub. Fill the tub halfway with water as warm as is comfortable. Soak your feet in the water for 15 minutes.
Rinse the excess soap from your feet. Dry them with a towel.
Rub a pumice stone back and forth across the calluses on your feet. Wipe your feet with the towel to remove any skin loosened by the stone.
Apply a moisturizer to the callused areas. Only use enough to absorb into your skin. Any more could be a slipping hazard.
Use over-the-counter callus or corn pads to protect your feet from further calluses. Apply the pads according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Wear well-fitting socks and shoes. Socks and shoes that do not fit properly can create friction against your feet and make calluses worse.
Moisturize your feet each night and wear socks while you sleep to further soften your calluses. Use enough moisturizer to leave a thin film on your feet; the moisturizer will soak in overnight.
Tips & Warnings
- For thick calluses, repeat the foot soaking and pumice regimen once every five to seven days.
- Consult your physician if you experience pain, swelling or severe itching in your feet.
- Mayo Clinic: Pamper Your Feet to Prevent Corns and Calluses
- "The Good Foot Book: A Guide for Men, Women, Children, Athletes, Seniors - Everyone"; Glenn Copeland D.P.M., et al., 2005
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