Did anyone teach you how to soften rough, calloused feet?
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I know nobody ever taught me. I had to learn how to fix my callused feet myself, and that took a lot of research.
I spent days agonizing over creams, foot files and treatments and foot peels. Ultimately, I found a system that works best for me.
One of the first things I did was to visit the local pedicurist to get some advice. She inspected my feet thoroughly and taught me the proper way to file my heels. (I think she felt bad for me)
It’s important to visit someone who had a certified education or certificate in foot care. You can always call and asks if there is a person who has a lot of experience in cracked heels or heel fissures and asked for an appointment with them.
My pedicurist taught me a valuable tip.
“Don’t go crazy on the foot filing. And don’t use razors to cut off the callus.”
Did you know you can over file your feet? The first couple of times I gave myself a home pedicure, I over filed my heels. Big mistake. It’s much more painful than having cracked heels. I’ve since learned that filing them every other day in the shower for 2 minutes and slowly taking the callus down slowly works much better than an hour-long session and getting rid of it all at once. (It’s also easier on your hands and wrists.)
The easy way to soften your callouses
Choosing a foot file was also confusing to me. I looked at hundreds of online and in stores. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are metal, some stone, some wood. There are so many choices. I spent hours looking at the options. (I bought about ten before I settled on 1)
I liked this one the best in the end. It never wears down and is easy to clean. It is also the best selling foot file on Amazon.
What are callus removal products?
The other thing I learned is that callus removal sprays and gels help a lot. (especially when you feel like you have an inch of callus) I only had to use one for about a month when I had the nastiest fissures. After I had the cracks under control, I didn’t need the extra help.
After researching callus removers, I purchased this one:
A good foot lotion is essential to fixing cracked heels
Look for a good quality one that penetrates the skin and is made especially for feet. My pedicurist recommended a foot cream with urea since my heels were so bad.
I had a tough time finding any foot creams with Urea. It’s not that well know of a product, but luckily, I found a few. It was confusing at first to learn how to soften rough, calloused feet with different strengths of urea cream. There is a more in-depth article on another one of our pages that you should read to learn more.
In the end, I settled on this one:
After I got my calluses under control, I just switch to regular lotion. Pick one that is thick and is made for the feet. For instance, I chose this one because its easy to find at the pharmacy or Amazon.
After using these three products for a month, I found a huge difference. Now I can follow a maintenance protocol.
Foot file 3x per week for 2 minutes
After that, apply regular foot lotion every day. I use it once at bedtime and once before I put my socks on in the morning.
Keep in mind this is the system that works best for me. If you have physical limitations or limited access to products you might have to change it up.
Tip: I have Amazon Prime (which has changed my life) and gives me access to a lot more products, than what’s available at my grocery store.
If you liked this post, you might like the one on DIY pedicures that I wrote.
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