Callus Removal At Home: 5 Top Tips
Calluses – hard, thick areas of skin, often on the feet – can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Fortunately, they are rarely serious and there are things you can do to reduce their appearance. If you are going to try callus removal at home, here are our five top tips.
1. Don’t Use Sharp Objects To Remove Calluses
Although it might seem like a quick and easy way of getting rid of calluses, using sharp objects could lead to bleeding and infection. Medical professionals may reduce a callus with a surgical blade, but this takes precision and training. If you are attempting to reduce a callus at home, use more gentle methods.
2. Tackle The Cause
Most calluses are caused by shoes rubbing against the foot, particularly when the same shoes are worn day after day. There are several ways to stop this from happening. You could get your feet measured professionally – the majority of people don’t do this after childhood and the results can be surprising! Getting a pair of well-fitting shoes will help. You can also try using additional padding in your shoes (particularly if they are heavy and tough, like work boots).
3. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Calluses happen when an area of skin is subjected to constant friction. The natural defence is for the skin to thicken. Exfoliation removes dead skin, reducing the appearance of calluses and allowing the skin to absorb moisturisers and other treatments. One of the best ways to exfoliate calluses is with a pumice stone. First, soak the skin in warm water for around 15 minutes to soften it, then gently rub the callused area in a circular motion with the pumice stone. Don’t use too much pressure – there shouldn’t be any pain. Repeat this for several days in a row.
4. Moisturise Your Skin
When you have exfoliated your callused area, applying a moisturiser will soften the callus and help to avoid future ones. Moisturising hydrates and renews the skin. Try applying a thick layer of moisturiser before you sleep, and rinse it off in the morning.
5. Add Epsom Salts To Your Foot Bath
When you are soaking your feet prior to exfoliation, try adding some epsom salts to the warm (not hot) water. These can help to soften the skin even more, allowing for better removal of dead skin when you use your pumice stone.
When Callus Removal At Home Doesn’t Work…
If you have tried these remedies and they haven’t reduced the appearance of your calluses or you experience any pain or bleeding, you should seek help from a podiatrist, who will be able to remove the callus and advise you about any underlying causes.
If you have diabetes or any pre-existing foot conditions, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist rather than trying any at-home treatments.
Northwich Foot Clinic is accessible from all over Cheshire and the North West, and our team of experienced podiatrists will be happy to help you. You can book your podiatry appointment online here.