How to Treat Calluses Naturally
They are truly very painful and prevent you from not only walking well, but also doing your daily activities. Most of the time, calluses appear due to a lack of foot care. They are a very important part of your body but unfortunately don’t get the attention they need. In the following article, we’ll give you some tips to treat calluses naturally.
Calluses: what to know
Firstly, you have to know that calluses appear as the body’s natural response to pressure or repeated friction on the area, especially as a result of improper footwear. Calluses can also appear on your hands if you use the same tool for too long, for example. However, the ones that appear on your feet are the most bothersome and painful kind because they prevent you from walking normally, putting on shoes, etc.
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You should avoid the confusion between calluses and “corns”. The latter are corneal lumps with a central nucleus of hardened keratin that hurts if you put pressure on it. They appear on the joints of your toes and sole of your foot. Calluses are bigger (they can be approximately 2.5 cm long), have a thick layer of dead skin, and appear on the side of the big toe or under the heel. You can treat calluses naturally as well as corns in the same way with home remedies.
How to treat calluses naturally
- Gently scrub them with a pumice stone after a bath. Your skin should be clean and dry. Then, rub with a raw onion cut in half. Lastly, pour some drops of arnica oil on them.
- Put a well ground garlic clove mixed with olive oil on the callus. This will make the skin softer which can help you treat calluses naturally. Cover it with a cloth and leave on all night.
- Make a paste by crushing 5 or 6 aspirin pills and mix with a tablespoon of lemon juice and one of water. Put it on the callus and wrap it with a hot towel for 10 minutes. The heat will allow the paste to penetrate your skin and make it smoother. Then, use a pumice stone to get rid of the dead skin easily.
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- Apply a pomade that includes marigold petals a few times a day so that the texture gets smoother and because it also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
- Soak your feet for 10 minutes in an infusion made with four drops of chamomile per liter of water. The water should be warm. Keep your feet submerged until it gets cool. Then, apply a layer of vaseline to the callus and cover them with cotton socks.
- Wash and grind 40 grams of spinach leaves, put them in a gauze or bandage and apply to the affected area like a poultice. Let sit for 20 minutes and remove. Repeat it a few days in a row (approximately one week), until you start to feel the callus get smoother.
- Peel a pineapple and put a slice of the skin around the callus with the smooth part touching the skin. Secure it with a bandage. Leave it on the whole night and in the morning, let your foot soak for 10 minutes. Repeat this a few times until you can remove the callus easily. You will need at least four applications.
- Grind a garlic clove with a tablespoon of ivy until you get a juice. Soak gauze in it and apply directly to the callus. Cover it with a cloth and let sit over night. Repeat everyday until the skin is soft.
- Take a few stalks and flowers of nettle and wash them well. Grind them until you get a paste, which you should apply to the stalk. To make it simpler, put it in the blender with a little bit of water.
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