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How Can I Get Rid of Calluses on My Feet?

Soaking feet in warm water with Epsom salts, tea, or essential oils can soften the skin in preparation for filing calluses.
A pumice stone can be used to gently file away calluses and stimulate new skin growth.
Wearing athletic shoes that are snug, but not too tight can help prevent calluses.
A paste of aspirin and lemon juice may be effective in getting rid of calluses on feet.
Calluses commonly occur on the bottom of feet.
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There are a number of techniques which can be used to prevent and get rid of calluses on your feet. These techniques also apply to calluses on your hands, knees, and elbows. Be aware that if your calluses are caused by an underlying condition such as a bone spur, you should treat the condition as well as the callus, or the calluses will keep reforming.

Prevention of calluses starts with your shoes. Take the time to get shoes which are properly fitted, as poorly fitting shoes can lead to calluses. Your shoes should be snug but not tight, and they should be wide enough to accommodate your feet. Ideally, you should also wear flat shoes, as heels put pressure on the ball of your foot, which can lead to callus formation. Take the time to find a good liner for your shoes as well, and wear insulating socks. Athletic shoes should also be purchased with care.

Several companies make shoe liners which are designed to get rid of calluses, corns, and bunions. Moleskin is a common material for such liners, and you can also purchase strips or patches of moleskin to put on your feet before slipping into a pair of shoes. Be careful when using patches and pads, as they can apply uneven pressure to your foot, which can cause more calluses to form. Some doctors also recommend the avoidance of medicated pads for calluses in favor of less intrusive home remedies.

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To get rid of calluses on your feet, start with a long soaking. Fill a tub with warm water and Epsom salts, essential oils, or even tea. These substances help to soften your skin for the next step: filing. Use a pumice stone or a foot file to gently file away at your callus, lifting the dead skin and stimulating fresh growth underneath. If the callus is especially large, do not try to take it all off at once. After filing, moisturize your feet with a rich intensive moisturizer like petroleum jelly.

There are a few other tricks you can use to soften your skin before filing to get rid of calluses. Try making a paste of aspirin and lemon juice and applying it to your calluses before wrapping your feet in a damp towel. Relax for 10 to 20 minutes while the paste works into your skin, and then rinse it off and file your feet. If you do this in the evening, pull on a pair of lightweight cotton socks after your moisturize, and wear your socks to bed to promote deep moisturization of your feet while you sleep.

If you want to get rid of calluses on places like your elbows and knees, use the same soaking, filing, and moisturizing technique. You can also reduce callus formation by wearing knee pads for tasks like gardening. Try to fight patches of dry, rough skin and calluses early, before they develop into major problems.

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anon342876
Post 14

I saw a product online and bought it called the foot system for smoother feet by now care products and I tried it when it came in the mail three days later after I took a bath and my feet was moist the hard skin just came off with ease and the scent (pineapple) was nice, too. They have free samples also. I suggest you try it.

anon248089
Post 10

I came across a really great product recently which helped me with my calluses tremendously. It’s called Grace Foot Callus Remover and I got it online. I am a dancer and I work out a lot so my feet used to be a mess. They are disposable Callus Removing packs that I use once every two months. It got rid of my callus completely and my feet are baby soft now.

And the best part is they are herbal based and have natural extracts in them, so it peels the calluses off naturally. I highly recommend this to people with callus issues.

anon171725
Post 9

I have found that when I put lotion on my feet and immediately put on socks and shoes, it helps to moisten the skin and after a few days the calluses start to fall off.

anon149128
Post 7

I've been working on concrete for four years now, and the calluses on my feet are so thick that sometimes I don't even have any feeling in my feet. The only the only time I do is when it itches. But it is so thick, my feet feel like leather and smell bad. Is this a normal callus? I don't know.

anon129519
Post 6

I'm 11 and i have one at the bottom of my foot and it hurts really bad. it's embarrassing when people see it and i have been wearing high heels when i was little and I'm going to soak and scrub to get this dang thing off.

anon118939
Post 5

I have three calluses: one on the sole of my right foot, one below the toe and two and an inch away from it. It's extremely painful and i cannot walk. i tried soaking and scrubbing. The doctor said the root has to come out, but it never does. Any suggestions?

anon115420
Post 4

I found a neat trick by accident in getting rid of callouses. Swimming pools! Something about the chemicals in the water, or the time spent in the pool did something to my feet. The dead skin just crumbled off after I got out of the pool. Go figure.

anon94825
Post 3

I went and bought a small dremel. So every other night I use it then add lotion. Works very well.

anon86834
Post 2

I have extremely bad calluses on the balls of my feet due to my huge arch and intense running. I find it hard to get rid of these because they are so big! My feet are so rough and nothing really works for me. I apply moisturizer daily and I wear shoes that fit me. I don't know what to do!

kasen
Post 1

I get terrible calluses on the heels of my feet. I find that it works better to file the callus when it's still hard, then soak my feet to soften them, and apply moisturizer.

There's nothing worse than getting your stockings or tights snagged on rough calluses. I hate that.

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