Effective Tips on Removing Calluses: Home Remedies and Professional Advice


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After a long day, do you suffer from pressing pain on your feet? Or does it feel like your toe is being pressed against the side of your shoes? Then you might suffer from calluses. It’s a common foot problem. Everyone has calluses and often cannot be prevented on your toes, but how can you remove and prevent calluses? We will dive into it in this blog and tell you all the ins and outs

Understanding Calluses: Causes and Prevention

What are calluses?

Calluses are the natural protective layer of the skin that produce new skin cells every day. It is a yellow, white, or transparent thickening of the epidermis. During the day we walk quite a lot and then our feet are squeezed in shoes that are sometimes too tight. The skin produces extra cells at known pressure and pain points, such as the soles of the feet, heels, or the sides of the toes. The skin produces these extra cells to protect the skin.

Different types of calluses

When the callus layer is evenly distributed and does not irritate the underlying skin, we call these physiological calluses. This means a normal and useful protection of the skin which does not need to be treated. But if you don’t take good care of your feet and don’t keep track of the calluses, they can feel painful and even burn. It is wise to act in the following callus variants:

  • Excess calluses

This is when the thickening of the skin begins to compress to other layers of the skin. The skin’s cell production is working overtime which causes the calluses on your toes and feet to become thicker. Cracks can be easily created which gives bacteria and viruses free rein.

  • Bunions

Bunions are especially common on the toes. Pieces of calluses have grown attached to your joint.

How to remove calluses?

Removing calluses can be quite difficult sometimes. If you suffer from a bunion or an extreme amount of calluses, we advise you to consult your doctor or opt for a professional pedicure treatment.

In less extreme cases, you can remove calluses yourself:

  • By hand
  • Mechanically

Easy treatments and remedies for calluses by hand

  • Basin with lukewarm water

a simple warm-water soak is the first remedy recommended by most dermatologist. Treat the callused area to a 20-minute soak in warm water. Towel-dry your skin and see if you can gently rub a layer of the callus away with just your finger. after several soaking sessions, you may be able to completely remove the callus one layer at a time.

  • Baking soda and lemon juice

When combining an acid component (lemon juice) and a chemical component (sodium hydrogen carbonate, also known as baking soda) you create a remedy to spark a reaction that makes it easier to remove calluses. To start you’ll need warm water, a basin, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to start with. Soakin in your calluses for a few minutes and then add in the baking soda. Adding the fine grains of baking soda to the lemon juice might give this soak that extra boost to remove the callus.

  • Pumice stone

When you have a callus on the bottom of your feet or on your elbows, a pumice stone can be very handy. After soaking your callus thoroughly, appyl the pumice ston to your callus and start to put pressure in a circulair motion. Do not try to remove the whole callus in once, but rub the skin away over the course of a few applications of this remedy.

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Our tips to prevent calluses

Tip 1. Avoid tight shoes

If you suffer from calluses, heels are not recommended. The pressure and friction increase blood supply and this causes the production of your skin cells. So alternate heels with sandals or sneakers. Still want to wear heels? An arch support can also offer a solution by distributing the pressure on your feet to prevent the accumulation of calluses in one place.

Tip 2. Take a foot bath regularly

Don’t underestimate the power of a foot bath! It’s the perfect way to take care of your feet. A foot bath softens the skin which makes it easier to treat calluses right after. Do this regularly to maintain your calluses and end every footbath with massaging hydrating cream into your feet. By maintaining a soft skin soft you can quickly and easily remove calluses.

Tip 3. Lubricate, lubricate, lubricate

Dry skin is also a risk factor for the development of calluses. Your feet undergo constant wear and tear, especially during winter and in dry weather. Exfoliate the dead skin and keep your feet moisturized!


What is the fastest way to get rid of calluses?

Most calluses aren’t permanent and can be easily treated at home. Once you stop doing the activity that leads to the callus, or take action after the activity, it’ll likely go away in a couple of months.

How can I make calluses go away?

You can treat calluses at home by:

  • Soak the callus in warm water.
  • File to remove some of the hard layers.
  • Apply moisturizing cream.
  • Use additional padding in your shoes.
  • Exfoliate the bottoms of your feet.
  • Use mechanical devices for faster and safe callus removal.

Does Vaseline get rid of calluses?

Appling a healthy amount of Vaseline (or other moisturizing creams/gels) to calluses and leave on your feet overnight can either prevent the skin from drying out or soften the calluses.

Can calluses be permanently removed?

Yes, they can. A podiatrist can permanently remove a callus surgically. this is an outpatient procedure that is usually minimally invasive.