Calluses are skin layers which have hardened over time and are normally caused by friction. At times, they can be very painful and irritating especially when you walk for very long distances or if you are on your feet for long periods of time. As we age, the skin on the bottom part of our feet in the heel or ball section becomes thin. Accordingly, calluses form in an effort to shield our feet from all of the extra chafing and pressure.
Wearing socks that don’t fit well, high heels, or other shoes that are not flexible or too loose can all contribute to putting undo pressure on your feet which leads to friction. Likewise, people who walk on concrete or other hard surfaces, diabetics, and those who have flat feet tend to be more prone to developing calluses. You can also develop them on the thumbs and palms of your hands by engaging in repetitive activities such as weightlifting or gardening.
You can help avoid a lot of this unnecessary friction by using gloves on your hands, always wearing good supportive shoes, not wearing flip flops, and soaking your hands or feet in water that is warm and soapy. In addition, here are 10 additional ways that you can get rid of those annoying calluses:
10 Ways To Get Rid Of Those Annoying Calluses:
1. Soak In Some Chamomile Tea
You can use Chamomile Tea by soaking your feet in it for around 20 minutes. It softens the skin and if your feet happen to get stained, then you can use water and soap to remove it.
2. Try Baking Soda
Simply take some warm water and add two tablespoons of baking soda. Then, allow your skin to soak for around 30 minutes. It will probably take several days of repetitive soaking to totally remove the hardened skin.
3. Add Some Epsom Salt
Adding a small amount of Epsom salt along with some warm water will help the skin to soften. Then, you can use an emery board to file the callus down and get rid of the rough skin.
4. Use A Pumice Stone
Soak the area for ten minutes in warm water. Then, you can use a pumice stone in order to get rid of your calluses. Likewise, you can use either a pumice stone or even a file to help remove the calluses after taking a shower. For the best effectiveness, be sure to rub the area with a strong circular motion. You may also continue to rinse your feet along with the pumice stone for really stubborn calluses. Continue to work on the hardened skin until your skin has a pink tone. One caution is to only use a pumice stone for a few minutes each time because extended use may result in excessive skin removal which can lead to an infection. One session daily for a period of a few weeks will steadily remove the calluses without any infections or bleeding. However, check with your doctor first if you have a serious health condition such as diabetes.
5. Mix Some Castor Oil And Apple Cider Vinegar
Fill a wash basin with warm water and soap and then add in one glass of Apple Cider Vinegar. Soak the area for approximately 15 minutes to soften the skin. Then, scrub with a pumice stone.
After this, place some castor oil on the area. You should then be able to remove the calluses around ten days later.
6. Make A Lemon-Aspirin Paste
Take a few aspirins and crush then until they make a powder. Then, add the powder with water and lemon juice in order to form a paste. Place a large amount of paste onto the area and cover it with a bandage or gauze so that it will remain in place as you go about your daily activities. If you notice that this happens to have a drying effect on your skin, then you can help restore your skin’s moisture by adding a moisturizer such as olive oil or coconut oil.
7. Apply Vitamin E and A
Before going to sleep, open a Vitamin E or Vitamin A capsule and place the oil on your callus. Next, place a cotton sock over it and let it remain through the night. Repeat this process until the callus has vanished.
8. Combine Grapeseed Oil and Tea Tree Oil
Apply some small drops of Grapeseed Oil and Tea Tree Oil two times a day for best results. You may also add a few drops of the oils to some warm water for a nice hand or foot bath.
9. Place Moisturizing Pads On The Affected Area
Moisturizing lotions or pads that contain 10-40% urea (aka Keratolytic-type agents) can help soften up your sores so that they are easier to get rid of.
10. Utilize Customized Orthotics Or Shoe Insoles
There are various companies that make quality orthotics in order to help relieve the pressure points on your feet which can cause calluses. For more information regarding orthotics and insoles, visit the American Podiatric Medical Association website. In addition, you may research various companies such as Spenco5 or Footlevelers6 in order to purchase quality orthotics and insoles.
As we all know, calluses are very annoying. However, you should never use knives, razor blades, or any sharp objects to remove them, especially if you are diabetic because it can cause an infection. If the natural ways for removing calluses do not seem to work for you, or if you are in extreme pain, then you should see a doctor. There are times when a physician may need to remove some of the extra skin by using a scalpel during a routine office visit. In addition, it may be necessary to use medicated patches which contain salicylic acid (40% strength) and are labeled as “Clear Away” or “Callus Removers”. They are typically available for purchase without a prescription. It is also a possibility that your doctor may decide that you need a prescription form of salicylic acid which is available in a gel for larger areas; or he or she may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to reduce infection. As a last resort and in some exceptional cases, it may be necessary to have surgery in order to correct abnormalities of the foot or protruding bones.