How To Get Rid of Thick Calluses on Feet
Easy and Fast Home Remedies to Get Rid of Thick Calluses Naturally
by Thank Your Foot | Last Updated : April 20th 2017
Most of us work hard in our daily lives, which makes it difficult for us to tackle thick calluses on feet when we have them.
Thick calluses on feet is not usually treated by going to the doctor. In fact, most people take this as normal and ignore their rough and dry feet. This is not a good plan at all.
By ignoring the health of our feet and focusing on other body parts, we are just setting ourselves up for worse infections and worse foot conditions in the future as time goes on. In order to have a happier and healthier life, we must start focusing our attention on the part of our body closest to the ground!
By spending most of our time on our feet, we cause a lot of extra stress on this body part and therefore create these calluses and corns. These calluses will take away from the quality of your life with constant pain and discomfort and even embarrassment.
So why not focus on our foot health and foot care routines? Rest assured, when you are to make your feet a priority, you will certainly see the difference in how you live your life everyday
Thick calluses on feet are caused by having a lot of repeated and constant pressure on the specific area of skin. In this case, it is the soles of your feet when you use your feet all the time after a long day. Some people are even more prone to having calluses than others.
This is because these people might not have enough cushioning tissue that goes between the skin and the bones of their feet as compared to other people. You will know you have thick calluses when you notice hard and thick formations on the underside of your feet, most likely grey or yellow in color.
These calluses can be painless, sometimes, but are very unsightly and many people find it uncomfortable to be out in public with bare feet when they have severe calluses. Having thick calluses on feet may also lead to pain and discomfort when walking or wearing tight or closed shoes.
Thick Calluses on Feet Should Never Be Left Untreated
Moreover, when calluses are ignored and left untreated, you can even create additional problems for yourself such as nucleated skin lesions. That doesn’t sound good at all! Furthermore, having deep-seated cores with foot calluses can even create very painful lesions known as porokeratomas.
Even standing or wearing shoes can be painful in such situations. Other terrible symptoms of bad calluses may be burning or throbbing and strange oval thicknesses on bony areas of your feet.
In extreme cases, pus or fluid from the callus may be seen as well as swelling. In this case, it is important to seek out a doctor right away as no amount of home remedies will be able to help you!
Clearly, calluses can be extremely detrimental to daily life and it is important to have a good foot care routine to keep your feet healthy, happy and soft!
Treating Thick Calluses on Feet
There are a lot of different ways you can treat thick calluses on the feet. For the milder ones, it is of course preferable to try and treat them by yourself at home. Let’s go through some of these at home DIY methods for thick calluses on the feet!
Foot soaks and foot baths are always a favorite of many. However, the ingredients you use in the foot baths besides warm water depends on your own personal preference!
1. Give me the honey, honey! (That is, for thick calluses on feet.)
A cup of honey can do wonders for dry, aching feet. Honey is a wonderful humectant for trapping and retaining the moisture that it provides for your feet. It seals it in and helps to keep your feet soft for ages! And even better is the fact that honey is a natural antibacterial and even anti-fungal so with properties, you can easily ward off any infections that may be creeping in because of the wounds and calluses on your feet.
And you can mix the honey with orange juice.
If using one whole cup of honey in your daily or weekly foot bath is too much, you could also utilize it as a cream. For this, you would need honey, milk and orange juice.
To create this DIY foot cream, warm up one cup of honey (it will last much longer in the cream!) and add one or two tablespoons of milk to the bowl. After it’s mixed, add orange juice, freshly squeezed from an orange. The amount of orange juice, you add should vary depending on the consistency you want your foot cream to be. When it is mixed thoroughly, store it in an empty mason jar. You can get these from any craft store or utilize an old jam jar if you have one!
Then, whenever you want to tackle those thick calluses on feet, you’d just take out your homemade foot cream and apply it thoroughly after exfoliation with a foot file or a pumice stone. The cream will be alright to use for at most a month when stored in a refrigerator.
Why milk and orange juice, you may ask?
It is a strange combination, but milk in fact can really help the skin of your feet due to the high concentration of Vitamin A. The Vitamin C from the orange juice will help in the production of collagen in the skin, which increases skin elasticity and softness. This way, you can easily and cheaply cure your rough feet!
2. Vegetable oil isn’t just for cooking.
Another home remedy you could use if honey isn’t your type is vegetable oil!
Any type of vegetable oil would help, whether it’s olive, coconut, sunflower, soy or even mustard. The procedure goes a little like this – before bedtime, soak your feet for a while in warmed up water and immediately after removing your feet from the soak, apply some of the oil to your wet feet. You can take this time to gently massage your feet as well, getting rid of all of the stress from the day!
This will also help the oil to reach all the different cracks in your foot. For extra moisture and precaution towards dirty bed sheets, put on a pair of thick socks and go to bed. You’ll soon notice a great improvement in the condition of the thick calluses on feet after you have done this routine for a while.
3. Brown sugar foot scrubs work nicely, too!
If you have more of a sweet tooth, a brown sugar scrub can do wonders for your feet! The granular texture of brown sugar is amazing for attacking the thick calluses on feet and getting rid of them right away. The glycolic acid present in brown sugar can also help ward off any bacterial infections easily and help rejuvenate the skin with increased cell turnover.
Additionally, like honey, brown sugar can act as a humectant and help to retain all moisture that you bring in! To create your own homemade brown sugar creation for soft feet, mix together the following ingredients: two tablespoons of brown sugar, one teaspoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of olive oil.
Add these all into a foot bath filled with warm water! As you can see, foot baths and warm water are a favorite for those suffering from thick calluses on feet. When the mixture comes to resemble a sticky paste, it is ready for use. After your feet are wet, apply the paste and rub it on the soles of your feet. You will easily be able to see the granular sugar stripping away layers and layers of the flaking, dead skin on your feet.
Once you incorporate this into a weekly routine, or even more frequently, your feet will always look soft and refreshed!
4. Petroleum jelly and lemon together makes for an awesome foot mask.
For those who want extra moisture, there is a petroleum jelly and lemon juice foot mask that is known to have great results when combatting foot calluses. The most popular brand of petroleum jelly is of course Vaseline and this is easily available to almost everybody. You might even already have it in your home!
The reason Vaseline and other petroleum jellies are so helpful in foot care and general foot health is because they are oil-based emollients. This basically means that water will be repelled and it will help prevent the skin on your feet from drying out.
Interestingly, these emollients help by filling in the small gaps in skin cells, like cracks in your feet that come with calluses! The lemon juice part of this mixture is very important as well. Since lemon juice is acidic, exfoliation becomes very easy and dead skin cells are removed! A combination of both ingredients applied weekly to your feet will have an amazing effect after a couple of uses.
5. And let’s not forget the incredible benefits of rice water for thick calluses on feet.
For those who want to try things out of the ordinary for their cracked feet, why not cooked rice water?
It may sound strange but the water that is usually thrown out after cooking rice holds what is known as rice starch!
And don’t throw it away just yet! It contains a ton of nutrients that would otherwise just be washed down the drain/ Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, zinc and phosphorous are just some of the magical properties of this rice water. The combination is extremely beneficial for the skin and promotes fast cell regrowth for soft and supple skin.
This becomes even more important for those who have a deficiency of zinc or even of Omega 3 fatty acids, as being deficient in these can also lead to unhealthy foot conditions. To use this method, you will need about five or six cups of cooked rice water and a teaspoon of baking soda.
Add the rice water to your trusty old foot bath along with the baking soda. The baking soda will aid in exfoliation and removal of all of the dead skin cells. Soaking your feet in this water rather than normal tap water will certainly help in having soft and easy to look at the feet!
Of course, there is only so much that at home remedies will do for your cracked and dry feet.
6. Thick calluses on feet can be treated by eating better, too!
It is true that you are what you eat. While it might not seem like it, your diet will have a great impact on your body and the health of your physical body. By watching what you eat and adjusting your diet, you will find that it will be easier to control diseases and infections.
Thick calluses on feet will also be easily controlled and cured just by watching and creating a more specialized diet. You may be wondering, what do you even eat to help get rid of rough feet?
Well, the first step is always water! Drinking a lot of water daily will help in a lot of different parts of your health and life. This is because dehydration has many negative side effects and one of these is of course dry feet! So if you don’t want to spend your days rubbing and soaking your feet, up your water intake! This may be one of the easiest ways to counter unhealthy feet and by doing so, you will be making your life better in many other ways.
Other things you may focus on is eating zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. These essentials may be found in things such as beef, cheese, carrots, green vegetables, oranges, nuts, whole grains, pumpkin seeds and more foods in similar families. So, start today! Take care of your health and rid yourself of those ugly, painful thick calluses on feet!