Foot Care Tips and Tricks

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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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.

A purple sock worn inside out.

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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.

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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.

tea in a foot bath

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April 27, 2005

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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I have had planter facetious for years. It comes, I limp, it goes. Until 2019 when it was so bad I suffered every single step, for months. I found some relief with an insole specifically made for this malady, but it was not a permanent solution. So, I went to my podiatrist. We decided on a cortisone injection.

Helping Your Foot Health - left foot

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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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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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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, 2006

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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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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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, 2013

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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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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