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Being comfortable in your shoes or barefoot makes everyday better. This guide contains foot care tips and tricks.


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By 10 found this helpful
April 19, 2012

I keep a back brush that I purchased for a dollar at the dollar store in my shower, and use it to clean my heels and toes. A light scrubbing with it exfoliates and keeps calluses from forming. It's much easier than bending over to clean my feet.

When out of the shower, I drop a dollop of foot cream or skin lotion on the tops of my feet and use the heel on one foot to spread the cream around the other foot. Rub your feet together, and again, you have not had to bend over. I have thrown my back out before by not using this method!

By Ginny from Murrells Inlet, SC

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By 5 found this helpful
June 11, 2012

I found if you have chipped toenails, scratchy corns or rough heels that socks tend to stick to them when pulling it on your foot. One day, I decided to turn my sock inside out and wear it. I was amazed, no more socks sticking to my feet or strings of the sock pulling off and catching on my toes. The socks are smoother on the outside and glides right over your feet.


By newnelly from Ohio

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June 17, 2012

To soften my feet I use white distilled vinegar. I fill a bucket with just enough hot water to cover my feet and one cup of vinegar microwaved for one minute. I soak them until the mixture has cooled. Then I use a pumice stone to exfoliate the rough spots and pat feet dry. Then I slather with lotion and cover with some type of petroleum jelly (even Neosporin). I then put on socks. I either do this at bedtime or before I go to work, so that they are being moisturized all day. It feels weird at first, but they stay soft. Vinegar is good for killing fungus and other yucky foot things too. I also use vinegar to clean my face to eliminate acne (do not get near eyes). Vinegar is great for a lot of things!

By tnphoenixrising from Clarksville, TN

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April 28, 2015

By the end of the day my feet usually let me know they've had enough!

Recently after seeing a spa offer foot soaks with various ingredients while you sip tea (for $50 or more!) I realized I could treat myself to a foot spa even though I'm frugal. I just saved my various flavored tea bags in a bag in the freezer and when I had 8 of them I heated up a pot of water, added them and then put them in a nice foot bath my kids bought for me one Christmas.


I added green tea, lemon tea, and some other fancy flavors to the bath in one mesh bag from my bag of oranges. I added water to cool it enough to be warm, but not burning hot, for my feet and sat down with my another cup of tea and enjoyed the indulgence!

Note: You may also use a little Epsom salt, rosemary spice, lemon, cinnamon, beer, or even milk (even slightly spoiled's great for skin!). If you have any rose petals or dried lavender you can add that to the water as well. These were all mentioned on the spa's website as expensive optional soaks!

Afterward I rubbed on coconut oil (which is organic and is highly used for cooking now too, plus it smells delicious!) and slipped on a pair of warm socks. Wonderfully relaxing and I really felt spoiled!

This would be a great thing to offer to a mom for Mother's Day and it is a unique idea that doesn't cost much.

Who said being frugal means cheap or living without indulging in nice experiences?

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April 27, 20051 found this helpful

When looking for shoes, an expensive pair of shoes will often last longer than a cheaper pair. Plus the better shoes will be better for your feet, especially if you're on your feet a lot.

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By 2 found this helpful
May 25, 2015

I quit buying the nail and foot brush to use in the shower. I started using my old denture brush. I get a new one every few months.


It works better in the shower having two sides to scrub nails and feet.

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July 8, 2015

I recently discovered that a soft bristled toothbrush is a big help in getting between toes and behind ankles when in shower or bath.

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February 27, 2007

Soak and massage your feet in a glorious foot bath to relieve tired muscles and soften hard, dry skin.Place enough marbles into the tub to just cover the bottom.

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September 5, 20060 found this helpful

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?




September 6, 20060 found this helpful

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.

Good luck!

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September 6, 20060 found this helpful

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.

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September 6, 20060 found this helpful

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 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.

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September 8, 20060 found this helpful

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.""

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September 8, 20060 found this helpful

My daughter had this problem and she tried the athletes foot spray (walmart brand). Works really well.

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September 8, 20060 found this helpful

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

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By clare (Guest Post)
September 8, 20060 found this helpful

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.

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By Donita (Guest Post)
September 8, 20060 found this helpful

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!

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September 8, 20060 found this helpful

I have your problem, too. Here's what I use.
I get my scraper from 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, and make sure your shoes fit.

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September 8, 20060 found this helpful

---> 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.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 16, 2005

I have the WORST feet! Does anyone have suggestions on keeping then callous free, soft and smooth? I sure would appreciate it. I have decided I don't want to wear polish. I am looking for a totally natural look.



July 16, 20050 found this helpful

I use to have calluses real bad too til I went to the doctor for it cause mine got very painful. He suggested to me and I do this every time I take a bath. Soak your feet and then rub them with a pumice stone, works wonders. I also have foot lotion I put on them before going to bed and they are callus free and feel so good now. I too quit wearing colored polish but I do put clear on and it looks natural and pretty. I also quit going barefoot outside, which the doctor says wil break down the arches over time. Hope this helps ya!

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By Joy Luster (Guest Post)
July 16, 20050 found this helpful sells a foot creme called Feet Treet that is the best stuff I have ever seen. My doughter is a Nurse and working 12 hour shifts. Her feet were so dry and callased and her heels would crack and bleed. Big difference after first use. Whole leaf Aloe Vera is the first ingreadent in the cream. Try it and you will love it. jmouse

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July 16, 20050 found this helpful

I use a plumice stone in the bath but when the feet are dry there is a soft one almost like the soft nail files that comes in a block. I use it to sand the feet and heels. I use Berts Beas (you get at health food stores and places like that) for the feet and wear cotton footies to bed. Oh so nice and soft... For toenails fungus we us vicks vapor rub and cover at night with footies. Makes the ole tooties feel so good to pamper them.

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July 17, 20050 found this helpful

I have a pal, who swears by the product called Kerasal. You can find it any grocery or drug store. Hope this helps.

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By Dawn Barbie (Guest Post)
July 17, 20050 found this helpful

I have been using the Mary Kay Timewise facial bar and a rough wash cloth/loofah. You'll want to get your feet wet, like towards the end of your shower and then remove them from the stream to wash (the bar will melt quickly). Just rub the bar across your foot and scrub with the loofah. I can't believe how soft my feet are!

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July 17, 20050 found this helpful

Treat yourself to a pedicure at Walmart. It is not very expensive about $20.00 and you don't have to have nail polish.

Try this about once a month or more often if you can afford it. This will really get you off on the right foot (no pun intended) and make you feel pampered too.

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By Holly (Guest Post)
July 18, 20050 found this helpful

1. Use pumice or a foot file and file off as much of the callous as possible. There are electric ones that may be helpful if the chore is too great.
Remember to file in one direction only, no up and down moves! Up and down will mess up the surface of the skin and make it prone to crack later on.
2. At night, rub on some Kerasal Exfoliating Moisturizer into the calloused areas before bed.
3. Every day when you shower, use a foot file. That way there isn't too much buildup to take care of at one time.
4. If the situation is this built up, you need daily, not weekly attention to the problem.

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July 20, 20050 found this helpful

I belong to FlyLady's website. She talks about having diabetes & bad feet & swears that once she started wearing shoes most of the time, the condition of her feet improved dramatically. No running around all day barefoot on goddness knows what & bumping, bruising, you get the picture... Said the callouses, etc. disappeared or at least got much better. So, after or in addition to the other suggestions, maybe you want to give shoes a try, unless you do that already. Just a thought.

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By Sandy (Guest Post)
July 20, 20050 found this helpful

Also have totally "crappy" feet and have tried many products. Best so far is Miracle Foot Repair- Miracle of Aloe, purchased at Walgreen's in Florida. Website on tube - probably could locate a local store for you.

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September 24, 20050 found this helpful

I had a doctor who told me to use Abolene on my feet every night, and cover with socks. You won't believe the difference!

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February 28, 2007

What can I use to clean my toenails? They are dark/dull around the cuticle area. How can I make them look white and pretty again. I was once told to soak them in Clorox for about 20 minutes a day. Can anyone confirm this? I don't think it is fungus because I do not get pedicures or wear toe nail polish.


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July 27, 20130 found this helpful

Can you tell me what lotions I can use for diabetic feet that will soften my feet and make them feel normal again or creams that can be use also?

By M J

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May 8, 2010

How do I soften toenails that are hard and brittle?

By Joellen from Bloomington, IL

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January 20, 2016

How can I put medication on my feet when I can't bend to reach my feet?

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November 15, 2012

My friend told me she keeps her feet soft and callous free by rubbing them lightly with a kitchen sponge before she gets out of the shower. She advised a cheap kitchen sponge can do the same as a foot file or pumice stone. Would you agree?

By Onesummer

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