Callouses, or hard spots, are common on most people’s feet, and they are generally due to using inappropriate foot wear, due to the constant friction they create in areas like the heel, toes, soles of the feet and anywhere that bunions form.
The truth is that calluses are formed to protect the feet from injury, which is why the appear in areas that are under a lot of friction.
If you don’t eliminate calluses in time, they could cause you pain, and they could even bleed, leading to the risk of infection. Diabetics have an extreme need to follow correct foot care, because any wound caused by an injured callous could lead to a dangerous infection.
Keep in mind that with diabetes, poor circulation in the extremities makes it more difficult to heal woulds, making Diabetics susceptible and vulnerable. That’s why if you are part of this group of people, do not overlook any injury that appears on your feet.
Apart from the problem with circulation, they also suffer from lack of sensitivity, which is why they should frequently look their feet over to search for any sort of wound or injury.
Below we are going to list a few pieces of advice that can help prevent or reduce the appearance of calluses in your feet, as well as natural remedies that can help eliminate calluses.
- Do not wear high heeled shoes, or anything that is uncomfortable, for too long, and much less should you walk long distances with them.
- Always have some sort of comfortable shoe on hand in case you need to take an unforeseen walk.
- Moisturize your feet, don’t forget the areas affected day to day, and care for them the way they need to be cared for. Every 1 or 2 weeks, submerge your feet in warm water, and use a pumice stone to soften the callouses.
- We do not recommend using anything to cut your callouses because the area underneath is very delicate, and you could cause wounds. If you do so, and end up cutting the skin underneath, you could cause infections that will only make the pain and discomfort worse. If you have very prominent callouses that cause discomfort, it’s best to see a podiatrist who can help remove them without risk of greater injury.
- The moisturizing creams you use should be specifically made for that area. You can find a wide variety of brands and prices at the store. Body creams to not cover the skin requirements for the feet.
- Avoid using thick seamed socks that increase friction in specific areas. It’s best to use smooth socks, preferably cotton. Cotton socks will also prevent your feet from staying moist, and therefore prevent the appearance of fungus.
- Do not do what everyone else does, and forget your feet during winter time, only paying attention to them when they’re going to be exposed. They need year-round care.
- Protective cushions could be useful to prevent your shoes from rubbing specific areas on your feet.
Home remedies for callouses
First, soak your feet for at least 10 minutes in warm water. Remove your feet from the water and then place a mixture of one tablespoon sodium bicarbonate plus a bit of water, on the callouses. Gently massage the area, and then use a pumice stone on it.
Make an infusion out of four tablespoons of chamomile in one liter of water. Moisten your feet with the infusion. The chamomile will help alleviate any discomfort and will soften hard skin.
Cut a slice of lime and place it over the calloused area. Attach the lime slice with some sort of bandage and let set all night.