Dry hard calluses on your feet are uncomfortable. This is a guide about home remedies for foot calluses.
This is a guide about making strawberry foot exfoliant. Smooth out rough callouses on your feet with an exfoliant made from strawberries and other ingredients.
I use a styrofoam sanding block to buff off the dried dead skin from the bottom of my feet. It's best to use them after bathing or showering while your feet are softer. It's best to slightly wet the sanding block as well. Sanding blocks are less expensive, more coarse, and last longer than the coarse finger nail files that I've used. In addition, they leave your feet feeling very soft and smooth.
By anorman from Williamsport, TN
Anorman, that has already been posted by several but to answer Ann Parker, how can you risk blood poisoning by sanding callouses? It is dead skin. I am not suggesting you use it if the are cracked and bleeding. Use only for the dry skin. Also, the sanding sponges last a long, long time. It is not like buying sandpaper. It is a sponge!
I use a callous smoother purchased from the drug store. But, I use it on my dry feet. I find that it is much more effective that way.
I tend to use duct tape to splint my fingers when they need a bandage that lasts through dish washing. I eventually discovered that if you put a piece over a clean toe where there is a callous, by the end of the day the skin is softer. I have only ever had one problem using duct tape, and that is when I left it on as a splint on a broken finger for more than a day without taking it off and it got infected. Even the doctor I went to said it was not the duct tape that caused the infection.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton TN
It might be better to use the sticky part of a large bandaid. Duct tape is not meant to be stuck on skin. It has chemicals in it and other elements that while they may not cause infection they might surely cause a reaction which can get infected. Only use something on your skin that is made for skin. A diabetic could get a serious condition from duct tape.
Robin, I never thought to try duct tape the one time I had to temporarily splint a broken finger. That probably would've worked better than the regular tape I used, though. Ann, I'd suppose putting gauze or tissue between you and the tape would negate any problems, but then I'm not diabetic.
I am a pastry chef so I am on my feet for hours everyday. Not only do I work, but I commute via public transportation to school and back. The past 3 years have been rough on my feet. I have thick calluses on the bottoms of both feet. I could wear the most comfortable shoes, but at the end of the night I'm walking in pain because of my calluses. It feels like both feet have been dragged/scrapped against pavement. Please can anyone help me out? I use to have smooth beautiful feet. Now my feet are just disgusting and the pain is horrible.
It looks like the pads of your feet are shifting forward. I think your shoes might not be right or you need a good orthotic insert. If your feet hurt now you have a working life of misery ahead of you. Get it taken care of now.
See a podiatrist for orthotics, most definitely! Buy the best walking shoes you can afford, from a store that specializes in athletic shoes. Many times the salesperson will have specific training to match you with the best shoe for your feet and for your job. Be sure to ask what kind of mileage to expect (shoes have mileage, just like tires) and be prepared to replace them when they wear out. Many times the upper part of the shoe is still in good condition, but the support you need from the soles is gone. I stand all day and I replace my shoes about every 6 months because, if I don't, I start having foot, knee, hip, and back pain.
I am type 2 diabetic and bought an Emjoi Micro-Pedi foot file. It has been a relief. I find that if I soak my feet in hot water with a 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and then use the micro-pedi while my feet are not quite dry but mostly dry, I can get most of them off.
I have calluses a half inch thick on the bottom of both my feet, the whole bottom of my foot is covered with it. How can I get them to go away without cutting them off with a knife, like I've been doing?
I have had them my whole life and have never seen anyone else have them like this. Both my girls have it too, but my parents don't! Were did this come from and how do I get rid of it?
By Chris S.
After years of buying everything on the market for cracked heels I found the solution! First buy Tree Tea oil in the health food or vitamin store and apply it every day until the skin starts to thin. Then purchase some Emu oil and apply it faithfully and it will soften the skin and make your feet look and feel much better. Good luck!
Noxzema. Rub on feet in the morning and when you go to bed. Rub it in and put sox on. I did this and all my calluses turned yellow and wiped off with a wash rag. It will take a couple of months of applications. My feet are smooth now. It even got rid of my toe nail fungus.
With warm weather finally here, I've started wearing sandals, but my feet are extremely dry and rough, especially my heels. Does anyone have any good ideas on how to soften feet and get them ready for summer? I've also got some calluses that need some attention! I can't afford a pedicure so have to do it myself.
Linda from Alabaster, Alabama
I rarely take care of my feet, but when I do, they are quick fix me up remedies that'll have your feet looking like stunner!
First, for calluses and rough heels you will want to wash your feet absolutely clean. A mild soap and a foot brush would seem ideal here. Dunk your puppies in water and brush brush brush! Get them very clean and then dry them.
After you do that, clip your toe nails, push your cuticles, remove any little grimey bits and take off residual nail polish.
Now you have nice clean dry feet! Take a gentle and clean pumice stone and rub in a gentle circular motion on the problematic areas. Dust off the scruff. It's getting smoother...
Fill a pan or bowl (big enough for your feet) with very warm water. Add a touch of baby oil or cooking oil into the water. Dunk your feet in and give them a good massage in the warm water. This will instantly soften up your feet and lock in some much needed moisture.
Pull out feet after a good 10 minutes or so and pat them dry (keeping some of the oils on your tootsies). Now on the last thing...
Don't bother with expensive creams and lotions that do half of the job. Get a nice bit of vaseline to work with and smooth it over your feet, especially the problem areas. Put on fresh cotton socks or ankle socks. Sleep.
Wake up to beautiful feet.
Also, you might want to do this as often as you can, just don't practice the pumice stone after the first go. Don't walk around the house barefoot, or outside. Save barefootedness for special occasions.
Noxzema,is really good for softening your feet,not just for the face anymore!!!
What will remove a callous naturally?
I sand mine off with a emory board but sandpaper would do the same.
You will find that using a pumice stone or file for removing calluses works much better when your feet are dry.
Does anyone know of a natural remedy for a callous on the bottom of my foot? It is on my left foot, on the left side which makes it hard to reach. I tried soaking it in Epsom salts. Thank you.
By Pamela from Sun Lakes, AZ
I had this last week only my callouses had cracks in them. I happened to come across a green tin called Bag Balm. It's originally used to help keep a cow's teats soft but believe me it works on humans also. I've had cracks in my fingers in the winter and this takes care of them. I put some of this salve on my feet just as I get into bed and the next morning my feet have no more cracks that hurt. It takes a couple of nights to really soften the callouses but it's great. You can find this in a farm supply store like Tractor Supply. It's just great. Sometimes the old fashioned ways are best!
One more post ;-) I have a cousin who uses bag balm and he loves it for daily use for soothing his skin and keeping dryness at bay but it does not remove the callouses so he uses the Active oil and pumice paddle once a week.
You don't need to go to a farm supply to purchase bag balm because you can buy it at most pharmacies, some super size stores like Wal-Mart and online.
I've noticed several people asking about dry skin or calluses and my podiatrist recommended for me corn huskers lotion available at most retailers usually runs about $2 a bottle and a little bit will work.