How to Remove Calluses From Your Feet When You're Diabetic

Being tough on your feet causes calluses.
Being tough on your feet causes calluses. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Calluses do not make for pretty pictures -- but they are a natural remedy for discomfort and irritation. Foot calluses develop as a result of continual friction. Skin hardens around the area most affected by the friction and protect the area from blistering or bleeding. Removing calluses from your feet when you are diabetic is a challenging proposition, and must be attacked in an atypical way. Rather than using acid-containing medicated pads or lubricants -- which can cause bleeding and infection -- diabetics must remove calluses through a safe and old fashion manner.

Things You'll Need

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cushioned socks
  • Foot bath
  • Warm water
  • Towel
  • Pumice stone

Purchase shoes with secure padding and a relaxing fit. Wear cushioned socks with the shoes for extra protection. Avoid wearing high heels or old work boots, to eliminate unnecessary friction and pressure on skin.

Fill a foot bath with lukewarm-to-warm water at least once every seven days. Soak both feet in the water for 10 minutes at a time. Do not mix vinegar or other solvents with the water, to avoid unnecessarily cracking or breaking the skin.

Carefully rub a pumice stone along the surface of the callus to shave the dead skin away. Rub gently and take your time to prevent bleeding.

Moisturize your skin on a regular basis, to soften existing calluses and slow the development of new ones.

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