Callused feet are characterized by thick, rough patches on the skin, hardened raised bumps, tenderness or pain under the skin and a flaky, dry or waxy skin. Most of this is your skin’s natural protection mechanism as a result of friction and/or pressure, which are known as corns and calluses. Corns can painful when pressed, while calluses are rarely painful, this is one way to distinguish between them. Corns also tend to be smaller than calluses.
A few tips to prevent corns and calluses include wearing comfortable footwear so that the toes have enough space as well as using socks to keep your feet dry and prevent your feet from rubbing against your footwear. If only it were that easy… the reality is that many of those shoes that we love so much are literally killing our feet. So what can we do?
Treatments and Home Remedies to Get Rid of Calluses on Feet
When the source of friction or pressure is eliminated, the calluses can heal over time on their own but as mentioned earlier, this is not always possible. If your corns or calluses are causing you significant discomfort and pain it may be time to see a dermatologist or podiatrist who may cut a portion of the corn or callus off. This is not something you should do on your own, as it may lead to infection.
For corns, there are many pads available that contain 40 percent salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is also available in gel form for applications on larger areas of the feet. Always check with your doctor first before using salicylic acid, as it may cause irritation and in some cases, even infection.
Soaking your feet in warm soapy water can help remove the thickened skin followed by a foot peel mask, which can soften your feet and remove some of the more superficial calluses. In some cases, repeating this process monthly helps give a better result.
Creams containing urea can also dramatically soften and speed the healing of calluses.
Moisturizing creams can also work well for cracked calluses and help soften the skin of your feet to prevent cracking which can lead to infection. Depending on your type of calluses and corns, your doctor may recommend you to apply certain creams overnight using a special sock which can soften the calluses, making them easier to remove.
Removing the dead skin from a callus with the help of a pumice stone, nail file or emery board, and then applying a moisturizer can also be helpful.
It has been reported that hydrocortisone creams may help in the treatment of callused feet but there is limited evidence to support this from our review of the data.
When possible, shoes that are comfortable, cushioned, and fit you well should be used along with socks, to help the corns and calluses heal faster and to prevent their recurrence.
For callused feet that are painful, applying an ice pack may help, as it will soothe the pain and reduce inflammation.
If you have a plantar callus this may require surgery.
If you have an abnormal foot structure or improper posture while walking this can also lead to calluses, for which your doctor may advice you to use orthopaedic shoe inserts, and in severe cases, surgery to correct the foot deformity may be recommended.
After treating your callused feet, it is important to follow a good foot care regimen so that corns and calluses don’t return. This should include the use of well-fitting footwear that lets your skin breathe and the application of good foot care products that keep your feet healthy.
Foot Care Products for Healthy Feet
To simplify your foot care routine and keep foot health conditions like corns and calluses among others at bay, STRIDE gets you some amazing products like foot creams, peel masks and supplements. These products have been developed and tested by dermatologists and have proven to be of help in maintaining soft, beautiful and healthy feet. You can buy them online without having to spend an arm and a leg. So, what are you waiting for? Get the STRIDE products you like, right now, and keep your feet soft and callus-free.