Make a Natural Home Remedy to Remove Calluses
Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Eng, Lynn, Alma
Our feet are highly sophisticated structures. They are a miracle of human genetics, utilized to stand up under a lot of stress and action. Our feet are undeniably the most used and abused parts of our body. Did you know that an average day of walking subjects our feet to a force equaling 100 tons? To compensate, our feet may develop calluses. Think of it as an extra layer of protection. Corns and calluses result in patches of toughened skin that are made to protect our foot tissue against continued pressure and friction. Thankfully, there are sure-fire and home-tested remedies you can use to ease the pain and burden corns and calluses sometimes cause. Read on!
Things you should know about Calluses
- 1Calluses are very annoying (as you know), but if you don't take action immediately, they can continue to thicken and become painful as they form in the areas of your feet's skin that constantly experiences pressure.Advertisement
- 2Calluses can be prevented by eliminating or reducing circumstances that lead to increased pressure at the specific points of your feet.As all body parts that are overused gradually give, so do our feet.Advertisement
- 3A foot callus is considered ugly and embarrassing by most people, but it's important to note that the formation of calluses on our feet is part of our body's defense system.
- 4The callus you have may be oval or elongated, and brown or gray in color.It can be slightly elevated, or it may even have a smooth surface. Unfortunately, several people are prone to more calluses because they have less cushioning tissue along the bones and skin of their feet.
- 1Soak your toes in chamomile herbal tea approximately 30 minutes to soften hardened skin.Never mind stains, as they can be removed by using plain water and soap.Advertisement
- 2Add 3 heaping tablespoons of baking soda to a hot water and soak the affected area thoroughly.This helps effectively dissolve dead skin and start the healing process of your feet. You must soak for approximately half an hour.
- 3You can soak a slice of bread in commercial apple cider vinegar for about 10 hours until you form a pasty mixture.Before you go to bed, apply the paste on your callus and cover it with a clean bandage. Wrap it gently in a plastic sack and leave overnight. Remove in the morning and wash your feet.
Other Ways to Remove Calluses
- 1Castor oil is a viscous oil that is often available at the drugstore.Just before going to bed, try dipping a cotton gauze or ball in concentrated castor oil. Then apply it liberally over the affected area, and remember to tape it in place, using small pieces of adhesive tape. Put on a pair of cotton socks to make the procedure more effective, and also to prevent it from staining your sheets. Take note that castor oil should not be applied to broken skin if you have it.
- 2Try soaking your feet in Epsom salts and warm water for about 20 minutes.This can help soften most calluses and can even temporarily reduce stressful pain by effectively decreasing inflammation and swelling below the skin. You can purchase Epsom salts in most drugstores.
- 3For a targeted solution, try softening calluses by using a pumice stone; gently rub the callused area with the stone.(Remember to moisturize the area before and after using.) People with diabetes must not use pumice stones. Never cut or shave corns or calluses, because that will increase the risk of infection.
- 4Try moisturizing your skin regularly with a calendula herbal cream or oil.These products can help keep your skin soft and avoid the formation of painful skin calluses and cracks. You can find calendula online, or at most drugstores or health food stores in your area.
If you can't find calendula in your place, simply look for lotions containing urea or lactic acid, as this can also help soften and dissolve your thickened skin. They can be purchased in any drugstore in the lotion section.
- 5Wear protective shoes during activities that cause pressure or friction on the feet, such as gardening or weightlifting.
- 6Try using feet protectors, such as non-medicated corn pads.These are also available at drug stores.
- 7Get proper footwear.Not wearing socks, high-heeled shoes with narrow pointed toes, and shoes that are too tight are often the culprits for your calluses. You must be able to wiggle your toes when wearing your shoes. A shoe repair store might be able to stretch the shoes if they are tight.
- 8Also, arch supports and orthotics are effective treatments which greatly help correct bio-mechanical foot problems that can cause your corns and calluses.
- 9Dab cornstarch in the areas between your toes to remove and prevent moisture.You must keep your toes dry, as moisture leads to infection and is the leading cause of calluses and corns. Cornstarch helps absorb sweat and also keeps your skin dry.
- 10Vinegar can also be used to treat corns.Rub vinegar on the affected area using a clean cloth. Let it remain for a night before exfoliating the area the next morning.
- 11Use pineapple peels to soften your calluses and remove them altogether.Pineapple peels contain enzymes to soften your skin. Simply place a small piece of pineapple peel on the callus or the affected area and wrap a clean gauze around it. Do this daily for a week.Advertisement
Symptoms of Calluses
If you think that a callus is developing on your feet, look for common symptoms such as:
- Thickening of the surrounding skin, especially over a bony spot that doesn't have any distinct borders, but it may also be oval in shape.
- Discoloration of the thickened skin; it could be brown, red, or yellow-gray.
- It may burn or throb. Take note that calluses are usually not painful or bothersome, but if you don't do proper treatment, the callus can gradually become infected, which may even lead to additional negative symptoms. If your foot callus ever becomes worse, new symptoms may include:
- Tenderness in the area of callus.
- Pus or fluid draining from the callus.
Tips, Tricks, and Warning
- Even if you try your best to remove your callus, don't forget where it originally came from. You can prevent calluses from reappearing by taking good care of your feet.
- Keeping your skin dry and clean can greatly help ward off calluses.
- Always wear comfortable shoes that fit properly.
- Remember that wearing the same type/pair of shoes every day can sometimes lead to calluses. Open-toed sandals are the main culprit that causes your feet to develop extra-hard calluses, so try wearing some enclosed tennis shoes with thick socks every few days to give your feet a much needed break.
- Wear shoes that can "breathe". These are shoes made from natural materials, such as leather (not man-made), allows more air flow to your feet than many shoes made from synthetic materials.
- Sometimes a callus can be confused with more serious medical conditions. So it might be best to consult your doctor about any health issue you might be experiencing.
- You should consider seeing your doctor if the callus is red and feels warm to the touch, and especially if it cracks, bleeds or looks blue, or if it doesn't improve after several days.
- Consult a podiatrist.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Categories : Skin Care & Diseases
Recent edits by: Lynn, Eng, Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo