How to Get Rid of Foot Callus
Summers are leaving, and leaving for good! But one thing they are leaving behind is, painful, unsightly calluses on our open-sandal-ready heated up feet! Calluses are a very common sight during the otherwise-pleasant summers!
Our feet have to undergo a lot of friction in summersâ€”be it because of tight shoes, repetitive movements, friction with tight socks and shoes or excessive perspiration. All these reasons can lead to you r feet getting affected by calluses.
If you donâ€™t know what calluses areâ€”they grow on excessively dry skin and are a yellowish-colored hard layer of skin that generally pops up onto the balls of your feet, toes or heels. Below we have a few effective ways to get rid of calluses, and get rid of them for good!
Apple Cider Vinegar Soak and Pumice Stone
You might have got the conventional advice of soaking your feet in warm water and then sloughing off the softened callus with a pumice stone. Â But thatâ€™s not the best way to do it. A more effective and to-the-point way of getting rid of calluses is by soaking your callus-infected foot in a tub of warm water with 2-3 cups of apple cider vinegar mixed in it. Make sure to keep the callus immersed entirely for about 10 minutes. Using a gently-abrasive pumice stone, try sloughing off the callusâ€”a little each day!
Now you may need a doctorâ€™s advice before practicing this tip as some medical conditionsâ€”like diabetesâ€”may not take this method in a good way! The basic idea here is to apply salicylic acid on the callus and wait for it to work its magic. But we do not recommend using salicylic acid in its raw form. There are heaps of medicated pads available in the markets which have salicylic acid in themâ€”such as Dr. Schollâ€™sâ€”and they work pretty fantastically! Plus, they are mess-free!
Â Crushed Aspirin
What is it that aspirin can not do? Nothing that I can think of! A little different than the conventional style of removing calluses, but the aspirin trick always works. Take 5-6 uncoated aspirins and crush them coarsely. Mix it with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Make sure to mix just the right amount of liquid in order to make a paste which you can apply to the callus—neither too thick nor too runny! Now rub in the prepared paste on the callus and secure it with a bandage! Let it be for about 15 minutesâ€”this much time is enough for the callus to loosen up and soften out a bitâ€”making the pumice stone method a lot easier to perform! Just make sure not to be too abrasive on the affected skin!
Bread soaked in Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the oldest tricks in the books is to using stale bread dipped in apple cider vinegar and placed on the callus. Secure the bread on the callus with a plastic wrap and wear thinâ€”loose, breathable materialâ€”socks and let it be overnight! Youâ€™ll see the miraculous results yourself the next morning! 😉
Nothing better than the natural goodness of Epsom salts for curing any kind of skin problems, whatsoever! Fill in a tub of warm water and toss in a few handfuls of Epsom salts to it. Soak your feet in the water for about 20 minutesâ€”relax and rejuvenateâ€”while letting the salts work their magic. Once the dead skin has softened, take a gentle- abraserâ€”a foot file or a pumice stoneâ€”and try sloughing off the top layers. You cannot and should not try to remove the whole callus at once as this may worsen the situation. Try removing the callus by using a pumice stone after you shower each day!
Do you have any more old-school tricks?
Have you tried these ways to get rid of foot callus?
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