How to Treat a Callus on the Bottom of the Foot

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Calluses on the feet can hurt.
Calluses on the feet can hurt. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

A callus on your foot develops due to pressure and friction. A callus usually forms on the ball of your foot and on your toes. When you leave a callus untreated, inflammation can develop, leading to pain. Wearing shoes that are too big or small, or not wearing socks can contribute to calluses. Those with certain medical conditions, such as arthritis and flat feet, have a higher risk of developing calluses, indicates the Better Health Channel. Treating your callus can help reduce pain and tenderness.

Things You'll Need

  • Salicylic acid
  • Warm water
  • Pumice stone
  • Foot moisturizer
  • Socks
  • Bandages

Consult with your podiatrist about the application of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid can help remove hardened calloused skin.

Wear a shoe insert, or orthotic if you have a foot disorder, recommends the Mayo Clinic.

Soak your affected foot in warm water. Use a pumice stone after soaking, to remove callused skin.

Apply a foot moisturizer to the affected area daily. Wear socks to help pull away moisture.

Keep feet softened.
Keep feet softened. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Use bandages on your callus when wearing shoes. This will prevent friction, while helping to heal the affected skin. Also wear shoes that won't further aggravate your callus. Shoes that allow your toes to wiggle will help.

Let your feet breathe.
Let your feet breathe. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Tips & Warnings

  • Never try to remove a callus yourself. This can lead to an infection if you accidentally cut your skin.
  • Avoid using a pumice stone on a callus if you have diabetes. This can increase your chances of developing a foot infection.
  • Don't rub a pumice stone in a circular or eradicate motion. Apply gentle, rubbing pressure in one direction.

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