Tips to Soften Your Calluses Safely

Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the largest festivals in the world. Celebrating and exhibiting emerging technology and creative arts in such fields as music and film, SXSW has the performances and conferences to offer something to everyone who attends. The festival wraps up on March 22, so you still have some time to check it out, but if you have been venturing among the 100+ venues the past couple of days, there is a chance you may have calluses on your feet to show for it.
When you are considering any methods for softening calluses, check with our office first to ensure that they are safe and effective. Many of the home treatment practices you hear about will be fine, but it is better not to risk developing a complication due to an unsafe tip. Also, please keep in mind that it is never a good idea to try “home surgery” and attempt to cut off a callus, and even more so if you live with diabetes
The best home treatment practice is to simply soak your foot or feet in warm water first to soften the hard skin. You may consider adding Epsom salts to water to assist the process. Then wet the pumice stone and gently rub it on your wet callus with light to medium pressure. Do this for 2 or 3 minutes and follow by rinsing the stone when you are done. Keep in mind that your goal is not to do this all in one sitting. It will take a couple of days and that is okay. Add a good moisturizing routine, and you could make a huge difference for your tough, dry skin.
If you want additional tips or would like us to handle softening or treating calluses for you, contact our Austin, TX office today. We have the trained specialists who are committed to redefining what it means to bring excellence to podiatric care. Schedule an appointment with Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling (512) 328-8900 or using our online form.
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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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