Calluses are just one of several foot afflictions that can cause pain and less than desirable looks. The formation of calluses is caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. Shoes that are too tight or simply being on your feet too much can cause calluses and the desire from the individual is usually to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
What Causes a Foot Callus?
Calluses develop because of excessive pressure at a specific area of the foot. The most common causes of calluses are:
- High heeled shoes
- Mal-allignment of the metatarsal bones
- Shoes that are too small
- Abnormalities of gait
- Flat feet
- High arched feet
- Excessively long metatarsal bone
- Bony prominence
- Loss of fat pad on the underside of the foot
- Short Achilles tendon
Home Remedy Treatment For Calluses and Corns
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Kosher salt
- Soak feet in a tub of hot water with the baking soda and Kosher salt stirred in. Soak for about 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, lift one foot out of the tub and begin to scrub the callus or corn with the pumice stone. Do this gently, your skin will be tender from the soak.
- Rinse the pumice stone in the tub as needed, you’ll have loose skin building up. Also rinse the loose skin pieces off the foot you are working on as needed. Continue working on the foot with the pumice stone until the callus or corn has been removed, or at least as much as is comfortably possible. Sometimes this will take more than one treatment.
- Repeat the procedure on the other foot (which has been soaking in the tub the whole time). The skin will be softer yet on this foot, so go gently.
- Once you’ve successfully removed the calluses or corns or removed as much as you could in one sitting, rinse off your feet and pat dry. Apply your favorite moisturizer and cover your feet with wool or cotton socks.
So often we see calluses appear due to an unusual amount of friction between the toes or between the foot and the shoe that an individual chooses.
If this is the case, then one of the most effective natural cures for calluses is petroleum jelly.
Putting a light coating of petroleum jelly on the site of the calluses can help to get rid of them and therefore makes it an excellent home remedy.
It doesn’t have to be overly complicated to be effective and therefore a little petroleum jelly can go a long way when it comes to a home remedy for calluses.
- Another good way to soften calluses and corns is to soak them in water containing Epsom salt. Follow the directions on the package.
- Stalk the corn with acid. One source of salicylic acid is plain old aspirin. To create your own corn-softening compound, crush five aspirin until they turn into a fine powder. Mix the powder thoroughly with one-half teaspoon of lemon juice and one-half teaspoon water. Dab the paste onto the thickened skin, circle it with a piece of plastic wrap, then cover the plastic with a heated towel. Remove everything after 10 minutes and gently scrub away the loosened skin with a pumice stone.