How to avoid and treat calluses

Treating food calluses and avoiding recurrence

Foot calluses are unsightly but they can also be very painful. The pain can come with every step; have a burning sensation while trying to rest, or a shooting pain that feels like being stabbed with a needle. Painful calluses automatically force people to change their behavior and become more sedentary. Everyone knows that when their feet hurt, everything hurts. We can avoid calluses; we can remove them and we can treat them. Our feet take our entire body where it needs to go. They carry all the weight of our body, purses, backpacks, toddlers and whatever we find at the lumberyard. Taking care of our feet will ensure we go wherever we wish to go, whenever we want to without pain


Step 1

The right shoes

Not all shoes are created equal, nor do they have to be ugly in order to be comfortable. Forget the hype about the latest trends and find shoes in your preferred style that offer arch and heel support, or can accommodate the inserts that are right for your feet. If a great looking shoe can’t accommodate a pair of inserts or offer the support your feet need, look for another one that does. This rule applies to exercise and dress shoes alike.

Step 2

Pamper and heal your heels

Soak feet in a foot bath that contains specifically created soaps to soften feet. Use a foot file to remove dead skin and work at the calluses to make them level with the rest of the foot. Calluses build up protection where the support is lacking. Calluses will have a yellow-colored centered that feels waxy to the touch. If not properly treated, they will continue to build «out» causing pain with every step. Apply lotion or Vaseline, or use the new Heel-tastic and wear socks afterwards. If your feet are severely calluses and cracked, you want to repeat this process daily until they are completely healed. Afterwards, you want to pamper them regularly to prevent reoccurrence.

Step 3

Professional Help

If your feet are beyond your ability to endure home remedies, you may be suffering from a common condition that runs in families. Typically people with flat feet will develop calluses one of the bones in their toes is longer than the others. This keeps the bone closer to the ground and absorbs the impact of weight and pressure. In order to protect the foot, the repeated impact creates a cushion we call calluses. If this is the case, a procedure to shorten the bone will create an environment in which calluses won’t form. Discussing this procedure with a podiatrist is important information to have if all other types of remedies have failed. People with diabetes, peripheral neuropathy or circulatory problems should consult with a doctor before trying over the counter or home remedies.

Things Needed
• A bucket filled with hot water.
• Dr. Scholl’s foot bath.
• A foot file or ped-egg.
• Towels.
• Lotion, Vaseline or Heel-tastic roll on.
• Patience
• Inserts for shoes
• Well-fitting shoes.
• Socks with grips on soles.

Tips & Warnings
• Consult with a doctor if foot problems are caused by a permanent illness.
• Always wear socks with a grip on the sole after applying greasy lotions to avoid injury.
• Pamper your feet often.
• Wear shoes that support arches and heels.


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