A Home Remedy for Foot Fungus and Calluses

November 3, 2017
When it comes to treating foot fungus, three factors should be avoided: darkness, humidity, and heat, since these are the preferred conditions of these microorganisms. On the other hand, to avoid calluses, it’s advisable to wear appropriate, padded footwear.

The use of inappropriate shoes, continuous friction, and certain bad habits can cause foot fungus and calluses. These conditions can alter even the way you walk, affecting your lower back.

Calluses are thick skin layers that can become flaky. They usually form in the heels and the front of the feet due to pressure or friction by the use of inappropriate footwear. They constitute an aesthetic problem.

On the other hand, foot fungus is a type of infection that, in addition to causing a bad odor, can alter nail appearance. Sometimes, they may discolor and, in others, they may become yellowish, irregular, and fragile. To treat this condition correctly, you need to go to a dermatologist.

How to eliminate foot fungus and calluses

A home remedy to treat foot fungus and calluses.

To eliminate foot fungus, it’s essential for you to follow the treatment prescribed by your doctor. Home remedies are discouraged, as they can further aggravate the problem and cause complications.

For example, the “exfoliating” mixture of lemon juice with aspirin can be too aggressive for the skin (even more so if it has calluses). Thus, if you also scrub your skin with a pumice stone or any other instrument to remove them, you can break your skin and cause cracks and wounds that can then become infected.

If your doctor considers it appropriate, they may indicate ointments or other punctual products (antifungal creams, for example), in specific doses. In addition, they’ll give you certain personal hygiene recommendations that you must take into account.

Once you treat the fungus problem with the dermatologist, you can proceed to treat the calluses. For this, the ideal thing would be to consult with a podiatrist. The specialist will know how to deal with the problem in a safe way, with the most appropriate tools and procedures.

A woman treating her calluses at a podiatrist.

Although some products that help treat foot fungus contain lemon, this doesn’t mean that the most appropriate thing to do is use lemon juice.

What you can do at home

In addition to following your doctor and podiatrist’s guidelines, you can try the following tricks:

  • Stop wearing shoes that damage your feet.
  • After taking off your shoes, place them in a window or open space to ventilate them.
  • Use shoe insoles (to protect the callous areas).
  • Leave your feet in the air for at least 15 minutes every day.
  • Wear comfortable, padded shoes that are made of breathable material. And if it’s summer, it’s preferable to wear sandals so that your feet are well-ventilated
  • Always use clean socks and, if you have to, change them. Never leave wet socks or shoes on.
  • Footpads with liquid aren’t recommended for all cases. Therefore, you should consult your doctor before buying them.
  • Soak your feet in a bucket with warm or hot water at a bearable temperature), neutral soap, and coarse salt about 10 minutes. After this time, take out one foot and remove the calluses carefully with a pumice stone.
  • You must be careful to avoid overly-filing, as you can even up breaking your skin and hurting yourself.
  • Ideally, you should repeat this procedure regularly, until you eliminate the calluses completely.
  • After removing the hardness and dead skin, you have to dry your feet very well and apply a moisturizer. You could also use coconut oil to enhance the moisturizing effect.

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Final considerations

Although it seems obvious, it’s necessary to remember that you have to be patient when it comes to treating foot fungus and calluses. If you follow your doctor’s instructions and go to a podiatrist, your feet will recover and look a lot better.

Accelerating the process can be counterproductive and risky, which is why you should avoid using home remedies at all costs (unless you have authorization from your doctor).