Home Remedies for Foot Callus Removal
I’ve suffered periodically from foot calluses, and if you’re like me, you know they’re a real pain. Foot calluses are ugly, they can be incredibly uncomfortable and downright painful. However, foot callus removal doesn’t have to be difficult.
You have to understand that a foot callus is caused because of pressure or an irritant in your shoes and on your foot. Tight shoes, not wearing socks, worn-out shoes – they can all be culprits.
Attack the Foot Callus
Let’s talk about how we can attack foot calluses with some home remedies.
First – find the source of the callus
- Eliminate the source of the pressure
- Change your shoes to more suitable ones that ensure equal distribution of weight
- Purchase callus pads that you can insert into the bottom of your shoes.
Second – get relief from the foot callus pain
- Reduce stress on the feet by walking less or temporarily pausing high demand activities like running
- Moisturize the foot to relieve dryness
- Get a foot massage
Third – attack foot callus removal with these simple home remedies:
1. Epsom Salt Soak
One of the easiest ways to treat foot callus removal is to soak the affected area in warm water mixed with Epsom salt. This will make the area to be soft, and of course, making it very easy to scrub the hard skin away and keep your feet free from infection.
- Put some hot water in a tub and add a handful of Epsom salt. Stir it thoroughly.
- Soak your feet in this solution for 10 minutes.
- Use a pumice stone to rub the affected area in a circular motion for a few minutes.
- Wash your feet with clean water to remove the dead skin cells.
- Pat dry and rub a thick foot lotion on your feet.
- Repeat this remedy as needed until the callus heals completely.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Its acidic nature helps to soften the hard skin and make foot callus removal much easier. Also, it can speed up the healing process.
- Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and tape it to your callus before going to bed.
- Leave it overnight.
- The next morning, exfoliate the affected area with a pumice stone.
- To keep the area moisturized, apply some olive oil or coconut oil.
- Repeat once daily until your callus is gone.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda works as a natural exfoliant, making it a very good remedy for foot callus removal and calluses in general. The crystals in baking soda help exfoliate the hardened skin.
- Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub filled with warm water
- Do a thorough stirring, and then soak your feet in it for a minimum of 10 minutes.
- Wash your feet with clean water
- Scrub the softened skin with a pumice stone.
You can also massage the callus for a few minutes with a paste prepared with three parts baking soda and one part water. Wash the paste off and rub gently with a pumice stone.
Aspirin can help soften the hardened skin around a foot callus for easy removal. Plus, it will help alleviate the discomfort caused by the callus. Just follow these steps:
- Crush five or six aspirin tablets into powder form.
- Add one-half teaspoon of lemon juice and one-fourth teaspoon of water to the powder and mix it well.
- Apply this paste to the affected area and cover it with a plastic bag.
- Wrap it with a warm towel for 10 minutes.
- Remove the coverings and wash off the area with warm water.
- Scrape off the dead skin cells with a pumice stone.
- Repeat once daily for a few days.
5. Bread and Vinegar
Another very effective remedy for foot callus removal and calluses, in general, is a paste of bread and distilled vinegar. It helps to soften the callused skin, as well as reduce the risk of infection.
- Soak your feet in warm water and then rub the affected area with a pumice stone.
- Clean and pat dry your feet.
- Soak a half slice of bread in one-half cup of white distilled vinegar.
- Put the soaked bread over the callus and wrap it with a bandage.
- Leave it overnight.
- The next morning, remove the bandage and apply some moisturizing lotion.
- Repeat daily at night until you get the desired result.
Both lemon juice and lemon peel can be used for foot callus removal. The acidic nature of lemon will help get rid of the callus very quickly. Plus, it will help alleviate the discomfort. Let’s get to it:
- Place a small piece of lemon peel over the callus.
- Put a bandage on the peel to keep it in place.
- Leave it on overnight.
- The next morning, use your trusty pumice stone to rub the callus. Then, replace the peel with a new one.
- Repeat daily and in a few days, the callus will be gone.
Another method with lemons:
- Soak a cotton ball in freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply it to the affected area.
- Secure it with a bandage and leave it overnight.
- The next morning, replace the cotton ball with a new one soaked in lemon juice.
- Continue until there is no trace of the callus on your foot.
You can follow any of these remedies once daily until your feet look healthy again. For additional tips on foot callus removal check out this article.