Calluses, hard-skin patches, cracked skin, blisters and bumps are things we all want to avoid when it comes to our feet. Feet are often prioritized last on the skincare checklist, but they shouldn’t be stuffed into shoes and ignored. Shoes can rub you the wrong way, causing blisters, irritation and left over rough patches. It’s important to pay attention to your feet and watch for the development of calluses and corns. Calluses usually form on the hands, feet or anywhere there is constant pressure and rubbing. The skin naturally reacts to the repeated friction by causing the dead skin to build a hard, protective surface. Corns are generally found between and underneath the toes, but are similar to calluses.
Regular foot cleansing, moisturizing and soaking is important to keeping the rough edges away. At home, giving your feet a personal foot bath for 10 to 15 minutes will help soften the skin. Then gently remove the thickened skin with a pumice stone or foot file on the heels and sides. Some podiatrists suggests soaking feet in a black tea bath, which is tannic acid, a natural antibacterial agent that can reduce the chance of getting athlete’s foot (contagious). Moisturizing scrubs with chemical exfoliators will help to remove dead skin, but in order to help treat the skin, apply a rich foot cream or balm with shea or cocoa butter. Look for ever day foot creams that contain petrolatum, emollient, or humectants which draws moisture to the skin. It is important that if the callus or corns are continuously irritating or painful from constant rubbing, a dermatologist should perform the removal instead of attempting it at-home.
Cracked heels typically require a prescription treatment, such as medicated heel pads, need the consultation of a doctor. Fungus also needs a doctor’s advice, even though there are antifungal treatments such as lacquers, creams, lotion, liquids, sprays, and powders, they are for mild athlete’s foot and don’t treat all types of fungus, such as toenail fungus, which is difficult to treat.