They are annoying and have a tendency to hurt like nobody’s business, which is why everyone despises calluses and corns on their feet
What do calluses look like?
- Thick and hard patches of skin on the feet
- A bump on the skin
- And area of flaky and often dry skin
- Accompanied by pain and tenderness in the affected area
- Calluses normally appear on the ball of the foot, the heel or on the inside of the big toe
What are calluses?
Calluses are formed by an accumulation of harden, dead skin cells that thicken a certain area of the foot. You might have heard this before, but calluses are your skin’s natural defense mechanism of protecting itself from pressure or friction.
The pressure or fiction we’re talking about come in the form of high-heeled shoes, shoes that are too small, obesity, flat feet, high arched feet, bony prominences and the loss of the fat pad at the bottom of the foot.
Some calluses take things to the next level and have a deep seated core known as the nucleation. These guys are particularly painful and the condition is called Intractable Plantar Keratosis.
What can be done to treat (and get rid of) calluses?
The great news is that there are loads of great ways that you can get rid of calluses and corns right in the comfort of your own home before taking to extreme measures and cutting them clean off.
There are also some great ways of taking preventative care to ensure that you don’t become a victim of foot calluses.
Just a word of warning before we get into the real detail here – if you have fragile skin, bad circulation in your feet, are a diabetes patient or suffer from peripheral arterial disease, please consult a health care professional as soon as corns and calluses start appearing as they might be symptoms of something else.
If you want to know more about corns and calluses, you can head over to medicinenet.com.
That being said, let’s get straight into the details on how to treat calluses.
You might think it’s going to alleviate the pain, but cutting or trimming a callus with a razor is NOT the way to go. It’s super dangerous and can lead to not only injuries but also nasty infections. Anything surgical should always be your very last resort.
Often times something as simple as just removing the source of constant pressure is enough to let the callus heal on its own, however we’ve got some great tips and methods of treatment to help you get rid of the stubborn problem.
Here are 6 of the best ways to naturally remove calluses. From foot soaks to scrubs and everything in-between, we’ve rounded up the best home remedies for the treatment and prevention of calluses on the feet.
This is probably one of the easiest ways to treat foot calluses. Epsom salt helps to soften the affected area, which makes it super simple to scrub the dead skin away. The tea tree oil also helps to get rid of the calluses.
For the soak, fill a foot tub with warm water and then add 1 cup of Rocky Mountain Essentials Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak, stir it up and then soak your feet in there for a good 10 minutes or so.
Once you’re done soaking, use a pumice stone to scrub off all the dead skin on the affected area. Remember to use circular motions for the scrubbing step and then rinse and dry your feet properly once you’re done. Pro Tip: Always apply a thick foot cream after this soak to keep the skin soft and smooth
2. The Apple Cider Vinegar Zap
Apple cider works wonders for treating calluses due to its acidic nature that softens up hard skin and speeds up the healing process
For this method, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and then tape it to the callus before going to bed. In the morning, exfoliate the callus with a pumice stone and then moisture it with either olive or coconut oil.
3. The Baking Soda Soak
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant, which means it’s naturally a very good remedy for calluses of all kinds
For the soak, mix three tablespoons of baking soda into a foot tub filled with hot water. You’ll have to let your feet soak in there for a good 10 minutes and then wash and scrub your feet with a pumice stone once you’re done soaking.
4. The Aspirin Paste
Aspirin helps soften up hard skin and can also help alleviate pain in the source itself
For the paste, crush 6 aspirin tablets to create a fine powder then mix in ½ teaspoon of lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon of water to make a nice thick paste. Now apply the paste to the callus then wrap your foot with a plastic bag.
Next you’ll want to wrap the bag around your foot with a warm towel and let it sit for a good 10 minutes. Once you take off the coverings, make sure to properly rinse your foot and then gently scrub the affected area with a pumice stone to get rid of dead skin.
5. The Bread and Vinegar Solution
Okay so this might sound a little gnarly, but it does work wonders. Using a paste of bread and distilled vinegar helps soften up the callus and reduces the risk of it getting infected. Before you get started you’ll need to thoroughly wash and scrub your feet with a pumice stone and then pat them dry
For the paste, soak ½ slice of bread in ½ cup of white vinegar. Next you’re going to put the soaked bread over the callus and wrap it all up with a bandage. Go to bed and try to forget about the callus for one night. In the morning you can take off the bandage and then apply a good moisturizing lotion.
6. The Lemon Peel Punch
Although you can use lemon juice or the peel of a lemon, using the peel yields better results. The acidity of the lemon helps get rid of calluses and alleviates discomfort
For the patch, take a small piece of lemon peel and cover the callus with it a bandage to keep it in place. Leave the peel on overnight and replace it with a fresh piece of peel in the morning. Using this daily for about 5 days in a row should remove the callus.
The Natural Way
We hope that this article has given you some great insight on how you can alleviate the discomfort of calluses and get rid of them altogether. It’s clear to see that you don’t need to resort to extreme measure such as cutting or medical treatment to get rid of pesky calluses, the answer lies in natural remedies that can be used in the comfort of your own home.