I have very thick skinned feet (callused) and I have tried pumice stones, foot scrubs, lotions, you name it, I have tried it but I can't get soft feet. My feet are also very dry and scaly. Does anyone know what athlete's foot is and does this sound like it and if so what do I use to get rid of it?
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I saw a commercial recently that did say that some really dry, flaky and callused feet is actually a form of athlete's foot. If you don't want to go to a Dr about it, then I'd suggest going to a pharmacy....could even be at the Wal-Mart and tell them your symptoms and see what the pharmacist suggests using. I know there are over the counter products.
My heels get dry and somewhat callused in Summer when I go barefoot and wear the open back slides all season. I have heard that this is not good but I do anyway and then I just try to put some good lotion on my heels as much as possible.
I like to sand my feet, while they're dry. You can get a paddle with sandpaper on it in the foot care section of the store. I usually do it sitting on the front steps so the "dust" stays outside; but you could do it over newspaper indoors, as well.
I have found it to be much more effective than pumice.
If you bathe or shower in the evening, after you do so, put a heavy lotion on your feet while they're still damp, then put thick socks on. You can buy special foot creams, if you like. (Alternatively, you could soak them briefly, then lotion up before bed.)
I have also seen the ads about the athlete's foot. I am a bit skeptical; BUT see no harm in trying one of the over-the-counter products for a while!
Of course, if you are diabetic, or have other circulation issues, you really ought to ask a doctor or podiatrist.
The ONLY way I FINALLY got my heels, and edges
of feet soft was: (Plan on 1 hour without interruptions
and have CLEAN washable slippers to wear when complete. I do this while watching TV at night, once a week. ) :
In small plactic tub of extra warm water (about 2 gallons) and 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn Ultra dish liquid for THIRTY minutes!
Towel dry. Manicure your toenails. Resoak in VERY warm Dawn water. Add 1 qt. boiling water if needed.
(no matter how gross...do this next thing!) While wet, remove damp feet and use your FINGERNAILS(UNLESS YOU HAVE APPLIED OR TIPPED NAILS) and LITERALLY scratch and scrape every single scale off your feet. It takes a few minutes to do this but is WELL WORTH IT!!
Towel dry, then BLOW dry.
Rub Pantene Hair Conditioner onto ALL the surfaces
of your feet. LET DRY/absorb about 15 min.
Use cocoa butter, with SHEA butter if you can find it, from the Dollar Store. I found a STICK form. Rub all over the dryer places on the skin. Keep rubbing until
it seems to be absorbed, too.
Likely causes for the original dryness which I had to fess up to and address:
OxyClean residue on the carpets after steaming.
Bath water too hot too often.
Soap WAY too strong, try better quality that lasts longer and is gentler.
Shoes, especially slippers are flat DIRTY inside.? I spent a hour just CLEANING THEM ALL, which then encouraged me to KEEP them clean. Came from daily gardening and not vacuuming weekly!
Going barefoot EVER/ANYWHERE, wearing no socks, hose.
Forgetting to wash my feet when bathing in a hurry.
OVERwashing my feet with soap when bathing.
Not enough Vit. E and healthy oils in my diet.
This works for me, but must be kept up regularly. Hope is helps someone else, too. Don't give up.
I don't have toenail trouble, so I don't need Lamasil or internal medicine. I needed more self-discipline and to ask more often for God's help. I am a giver more than an asker. I often forget about myself when I get busy helping others.
God bless you.
This happened to me years ago, and here is the solution. Buy some exta strength Moisture Therapy hand cream in the tube by Avon. Rub it into your feet morning and evening and sleep with cotton socks on. Very soon you will have nice smooth feet.
A lady in California shared this with me about 10 years ago. It works.""
My daughter had this problem and she tried the athletes foot spray (walmart brand). Works really well.
My mother taught me the easy and cheap (and safe) way to keep feet soft. Baking soda in some warm water. Sit down, put your feet in the water and relax. I don't have todo it very oftern any more. Those plastic pans that you take home from hospitals are just abou the right size for 2 feet.LOL
Nothing worked for me until I got a calus shaver from bed bath and beyond. I think the brand is Tweezerman. This is a small tool that the nail shops use when you get a pedicure. It comes with replaceable razor blades. At first I was scared to use it, but now, six months of weekly use later, and I've never had a problem. It's the only thing that has worked for me. It literally shaves off the top layers of skin.
I like to go barefoot most of the time. I have the same problem with my feet. I bought a small dremel and I use it on low once a month and it works great! It's fast but be careful not to burn your feet. I've done this for years. Good luck!
I have your problem, too. Here's what I use.
I get my scraper from Cherishop.com. It takes off dead skin, not living skin. I am diabetic, so I like to be safe.
This is used as needed to get to pink, healthy skin.
Every bedtime, rub in high-density cream (it won't fall out when you turn it upside down). If you use an alpha hydroxy or retinol body cream, even better.
If you think you have fungus problems, put Vick's VapoRub over your toes and nails. This may not be romantic, but your lover will never get a cold. hahahahaha
Calluses may mean years of poorly fitted shoes, usually not wide enough. Try shopping at Zappos.com, and make sure your shoes fit.
---> Take either SUGAR or SALT and add just enough cooking oil (any kind) to make a very thick paste then put on rubber gloves and scrub your feet this works MUCH better after a Shower or Bath.
Follow with a lotion or cream with exfoliating fruit or milk acids (Like Kiss My Face Peaches & Cream avail, at Health Food Stores or Trader Joes)
---> One more thing that works. Buy "SCALPICIN" (not the one with cortisone, you want the one that's salicylic acid)
Use a small paint brush to apply the liquid (NOT your hands, as it will make your skin peal) and apply to your rough spots.
The Salicylic acid makes the skin peal much faster than usual. Scalpicin also works on Warts, IF you use it twice a day until your wart is gone.
Longs drugs has their brand for much less, but my Walmart has only the Scalpicin made with cortisone, not the Salicylic Acid.
---> SCALPICIN is made for people that have really bad dandruff and other scalp conditions, so look in the Shampoo isle.
I am the worst as I love to go barefoot growing up
by the beach in So.California
Anyway all week I had been bothered with the very rough skin and dry feeling so today i had a pedicure
at a salon that uses hygenic procedures so you don't
get infections and it was worth every penny (20.00)
I feel like I got a new set of feet.
I probably do this 4 times a year and it is my one
treat that I stick to.
Try a cream called "Udderly Smooth" (can be found at Wal-Mart but you may have to ask where it is located as it is not always with the lotions). It's made to treat cows udders, but very creamy, smoothing and will work wonders for those dry callused areas. The heels of my feet are the worst, and I just rub this in at night before going to bed, makes them feel great, and will take a few days before you'll notice the softer and smoother difference. But it works exceptionally well.
Another product I have used is Phillips Corona Ointment, an antiseptic dressing and lubricant for horses, cows, and pets, which is good, but a bit more greasy to use, but has more medicinial products included to help with cuts, minor wounds, etc. Very good for a lot of things. Used this a lot when growing up on a dairy farm. Not sure if this can be found at Wal-Mart as I have always gotten this at out local feed store outlet, but some pharmacies do carry it.
You'll find a lot of farm animal products are also good for us humans.
Hope this info will be of help to you and others.
THIS WORKS GREAT THE DOCS HAVE ME DO IT FOR THE BAD FEET I HAVE . I HAVE ALMOST NO CIRCULATION AND THE FEET ARE DRY AND NASTY WITH LOTS OF DEAD SKIN AND VERY SORE IF NOT DONE WEEKLY . WARM WATER, DROP OF DISH SOAP AND WHITE VINEGAR ABOUT ONE CUP VINEGAR SOAK EACH FOOT FOR ABOUT S HALF HOUR U WONT BELIEVE THE DEAD SKIN U GET FLOATING AFTER EACH FOOT CHANGE THE WATER MAKE NEW BATCH FOR THE OTHER FOOT WHEN U GET THE FOOT DONE PAT NICE AND DRY RUB TOWEL ON IT GOOD ALL THE DEAD SKIN FALLS OFF ALSO HE HAS ME SOAK MY FEET IN WATER ONCE A WEEK WITH CRISCO OIL TO MAKE MOISTURE OR IF U DONT SOAK IT THEN USE WHITE SOCKS ONLY AND RUB HARD CRISCO INTO FEET LIKE LOTION WHERE SOCKS TO BED AND THEY WILL BE SOFTER IN THE MORNING JUST WASH THE CRISCO OFF BUT WASH THE SOCKS AFTER USING THEM EACH TIME IT WORKS FANTASTIC HOPE YOU TRY THIS IF SO LET ME KNOW HOW IT WORKS FOR YA I AM ON THE YAHOO MESSENGER UNDER needy_reynolds remember thats yahoo my feet are finally looking and feeling fantastic it also helps with my foot pains soaking them this way the tired feel feels much better GOOD LUCK BUT TRY IT YOU WILL NOTICE A BIG DIFFERENCE AND LET ME KNOW
I have the same trouble with calluses during the summer. I buy avons silicon glove lotion and put it heavily on my feet then put on cotton socks. I sleep like this. The skin softens up enough to be taken off with a pumice stone. I have had athletes foot. It is a fungus caused by too much moisture. Your feet would be itchy, red, with skin pealing off, but not dry. Do you have the flaking on both feet and perhaps one hand. My mother has a condition that her doctor treats. He said it is always both feet and one hand or both hands and one foot. A doctor can help. Hope to have been helpful.
i have callouses on my big toes. I have tried pumise stoones and exfoliaating creams, but they arent working that well. Im afraid to use the stone, infear that i will go to far and scrape the good skin from the toe. can anyone help me with this.
I use the callous shaver too. works really good and you can get it at any retailer.
Ok. I tried EVERYTHING! I even bought some very expensive foot scrub (with lava in it) and an after scrubbing foot lotion from Origins. It WORKS over time (like a month) but if you're looking for dramatic overnight results BUY THE PED EGG! It's 9.99 at Target or Linens & Things.(www.pedegg.com) I think you can even get it at Wal-mart. I used it on my feet and I swear to you. In 5 minutes, my feet are looking like they are 16 again! (I'm 34) It really does work and now I hardly have to worry about how my feet look in the summer time. Be very careful to not overdo it. You can hurt your feet. This is one of the ONLY products I will ever recommend to ever single woman in my family.
Soak your feet in warm water with a little Epsom salt for about 15 minutes, then scrub dead skin off. Before you go to bed slather vaseline on your feet then put socks on. Keep this up and your feet will look like new!
I have tried so many different foot treatments, you name it. PedEgg, callus remover lotions, pumice stones, soaking my feet in vinegar.
While all those work in softening my skin and improving the appearance of my feet, none of those removed my calluses and the cracked portion of my feet. Those treatments just made it look a bit nicer.
But then I discovered the callus shaver, and that has worked wonders. I've literally shaved away years of abuse from my feet in one night. It's the BEST method if you have serious calluses and hardened skin. Trust me, it's great.
The only thing is, you need to be careful that you don't do too much because the blade is sharp and can cut your skin.
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