Getting Rid of Foot Calluses?

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.


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October 19, 20150 found this helpful

There are many ideas online for removing tough skin from feet. However, it appears that you need more than some skin conditioning for your ongoing foot pain. You should consider taking both of your feet to a podiatrist ASAP!:

"Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet. They complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. This training is similar to that of other doctors-American Podiatric Medical Association".

With the proper medical treatment, you will learn how to care for your feet and also reduce your foot pain. Unfortunately, in your occupation, foot problems are common and very difficult to cure. If you do not address your pain problems now, you will eventually that find that you cannot continue in your present occupation. You can research podiatrists in your area online.
Good Luck!

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October 20, 20150 found this helpful

Soak your feet! Epsom salts brings healing circulation to the area, so that is a great soak. Then, after soaking (or simply washing) your feet, while they are still moist, generously slather on coconut oil, or any emollient (vaseline will do), then put fresh, clean thick cotton socks on overnight. Do this EVERY night and your feet will be happy. You can experiment with adding lavender, rosemary, herbs and essential oils to your soaks and see what they do. Even if you see a podiatrist for shoe recommendations, these nursing measures will always be wonderful. Have you tried the memory-foam inserts? And there are gel inserts for your shoes, too. And about the soaks - it might be a good idea to soak your entire leg, as in a bath with 1/2 c. epsom salts (or as directed on the bag) to give your legs an overall treat. This could be done daily if you have the time. Your diet should have leafy greens, bec. those have vitamin K, good for circulation. Have good nutrition, stay hydrated, and you just might beat this big time!

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October 20, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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October 20, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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October 23, 20150 found this helpful

I agree. I would see a podiatrist, as it looks to me that your shoes are not fitting properly. You likely need an orthotic insert. It made a world of difference in my shoes. Also, I wonder at the quality of socks that you are wearing. I have thick calluses when wear sandals, but far fewer problems when I am wearing good socks and shoes.

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