Calluses and corns are annoying, unsightly, and can be frustrating to remove. Simply scraping them off isn’t always the best solution, especially in people with diabetes, or anyone who might be prone to infections. The tough skin can feel weird, and they look horrible, but these pesky patches of skin can be prevented by applying a few simple tips and tricks.
I’m going to show you 15 easy tricks that will get rid of the offending areas. Most of them can be applied today. There’s no reason to keep living with corns or calluses. Read on to learn more.
#1 Wearing the Right Shoes
This step is very simple. Wear the right shoes. While putting on some tight fitting stilettos can make for a fun night out on the town, wearing high heels and pointed shoes daily is like going to your doctor and asking her for a pill that will make you grow patchy skin.
Any shoe that applies extra pressure to the toes, or to the balls of your foot, can make the skin rub more, and calluses will form. Pointed shoes will make your toes rub together, forming corns. Something as simple as wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes will help to keep your feet clear of the unsightly blemishes and help your overall health as well. Keep the heels and fancy boots for occasional use.
Check out this WebMD article for more information.
#2 Let Your Skin Soak
There is no easier or cheaper solution. Letting your hands and feet soak in a hot bath can actually help you prevent calluses and corns from ever forming, and it can make them easier to remove. Even a simple soak of 10 to 20 minutes can drastically reduct the appearance of calluses, to begin with. I’m going to mention more on specific soaks, but water alone can work magic.
# 3 The Healing Power of Epsom Salts
Everyone knows that soaking in an Epsom Salt bath can feel great and that it’s a healthy thing to do, but did you know that it can also prevent the formation of corns and calluses? In addition to all the normal health benefits of soaking in Epsom Salt baths, your skin will be softer, and you will be taking the first step toward preventing corns. You’ll also make existing calluses softer, and easier to remove.
#4 Make Sure that Your Shoes Fit Properly
When you go to the shoe store, you should get your feet measured often, and make certain that they are measured properly. Foot sizes change overtime, and just like those heels, any improperly fitting footwear can cause calluses and corns.
If your shoes are too big, your feet will slide around in them while walking, coaxing the skin to thicken up, so that it isn’t rubbed raw. Shoes that fit too tightly squeeze your toes, leading to sores and corns. It’s important that your shoes fit just right. Always try new shoes on, and make sure that they are comfortable before you leave the shop.
#5 Replace Worn Out Shoes
Don’t keep wearing shoes until your socks are scraping the walk under them. Shoes are designed with style, but they have a job to keep your feet safe as well. If they aren’t protecting your feet, and keeping them comfortable, then you need new shoes.
Inspect the shoes you wear the most and inspect regularly. Just because they are your favorite shoes, doesn’t mean that you should keep wearing them beyond their life span. If nothing else, you will have a good excuse to go shopping for new kicks.
#6 Visit a Podiatrist and Ask Them About Custom Insoles
If your shoes aren’t fitting exactly right, you don’t always need to throw them away. You can see about getting custom insoles that will fit your feet better. This will not only prevent calluses, but it can also make your feet more comfortable through the day.
If you experience daily pain in your legs and feet, custom orthotics can also sometimes reduce it, making you feel better, and improving your lifestyle.
#7 Stop Calluses When They Start
Of the 15 tips to prevent calluses and corns, this is one that deserves a special mention. If you already have a corn, callus, or other annoying blemish, you can do something about it right now, without scraping or scrubbing. Dip a piece of cotton in white vinegar, or drop it in a shallow bowl, and pour the vinegar over it. Then let it soak for a few minutes.
You can use this as a bandage for dissolving callused skin. Put it over the hard spot, and wrap it a big gauze or ankle wrap before bed. When you wake up, the callus or corn should be gone or drastically reduced. Repeat as needed until the blemish is gone.
It doesn’t have to be cotton. Even a piece of stale bread soaked in vinegar will work. The vinegar is the important part.
#8 Licorice Salves Make the Best Lotion
Not only that, they are easy to make. Start with a couple of licorice sticks, and grind them up into a small dish. Mix it up with a little petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and rub the mixture over any calluses or corns. Cover them up if needed with a bandage wrap, and leave it until bath time. Licorice is great for removing tough skin, because of an estrogen-like substance in the plant.
#9 Pumice as a Scraper
Instead of picking and peeling, you can remove calluses and corns with much milder abrasives. Pumice is used for this, as it has a natural sandpaper texture that will scrape away the dead skin that calluses are made from, without hurting your feet or opening a new wound.
The trick is to apply this treatment often, removing a little at a time instead of trying to get your skin perfect on the first pass, and it’s best used in combination with the other tips here. Know how to use a pumice stone, and always soak the skin first, or use the stone when you get out of the shower or tub.
#10 Corn Pads and Toe Separators
These wonderful padded items are sold in almost any pharmacy, they are cheap, and they work. If you have a problem with corns between your toes that refuse to go away, the best way to treat them is to prevent them from forming, by getting corn pads or toe separators, and using them.
If you are getting ready for a night out in heels, corn pads can cover tough patches to prevent them from getting worse, while giving you a little extra comfort. Alternately, you can make your own toe pads.
#11 Aspirin – The Magic Cure for Everything
Aspirin is wonderful stuff. Normal over-the-counter aspirin is made from salicylic acid. Crushed aspirins can be dissolved in your other soaks, or crushed into a powder and either added to your licorice salve or used as a rub.
The acid will be held dissolve corns and calluses, and the antiseptic properties will keep everything clean at the same time. Aspirin will also help to sooth the nerves of any corns or other sore spots at the same time. It’s wonderful stuff.
#12 Wear Socks
Don’t pretend like this doesn’t apply to you. Wearing socks is perhaps the best way to not only keep your feet comfortable (and keep them from sticking to your shoes), but it can prevent calluses from forming. Corns and calluses aren’t the only reason to wear socks, but as they apply to this article, socks are good.
#13 Stop Walking Barefoot
Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it’s comfortable, but you should be wearing some kind of protection on your feet all the time. As I said earlier, shoes protect your feet, and one of the fastest ways to get calluses is to go barefoot. Think about it. When you are wearing shoes and socks, as long as the shoes fit well, your feet are protected and comfortable. They don’t have to thicken up.
Going without shoes, especially over rough surfaces like concrete, can actually contribute to calluses. So make sure to wear shoes. Slippers can be used in the house for extra comfort.
#14 Wear Gloves When Working
Any time you are working in the yard or doing any job that requires a firm grip, you should be wearing gloves. Calluses don’t only form on the feet, and if you want softer hands, then wearing gloves is the way to go. Even while working out at the gym.
#15 Sweat Causes Calluses
Don’t get obsessed preventing calluses by stacking the layers. Sometimes, the best way to keep from getting them is to make sure that your feet and hands are not sweating. While sweat is liquid, it isn’t a lubricant, and can actually contribute to the formation of calluses, blisters, and corns.
The best and easiest ways to reduce foot sweat are to wash your feet every day and dry them thoroughly afterward. You will also want to wear clean, fresh socks, changing them at least once per day, and again after working out.
Was This Article Helpful?
Hopefully, you’ve learned some things through the course of reading this. I wanted to provide you with the best advice possible. Was the information helpful to you? Do you feel confident that you can better care for your feet, reduce existing skin blemishes, and prevent them in the future? Do you think that these 15 tips to prevent calluses and corns were the best advice out there? Maybe you have some extra tips. Please share them below in the comments section, so that we can all help each other to be rid of corns and calluses forever.
More good information on foot health beyond these 15 tips to prevent calluses and corns:
- 35 Effective Ways of Getting Rid of Corns and Calluses from Feet or Hands for Fast Relief