Calluses and corns are similar in nature; both are hardened areas of skin on the feet, though calluses can also be present on hands. Corns appear on the top of the feet whereas calluses are usually seen on the balls of the feet, the heels or near the toes. A common cause of calluses is friction; the skin rubs against the shoes or hard floors causing thickening of skin. Certain health issues or deformities like hammer toes can also cause calluses. There are many permanent solutions to get rid of calluses on the feet overnight. Let us study these:
1. Soak feet in hot water
Soaking the feet in hot water helps soften the skin. You need to soak the callus completely for at least 20 minutes. Next, dry the feet with a clean towel and file the callus. This won’t hurt since the callus is nothing but dead skin. Use this effective remedy to remove calluses permanently overnight. You may have to repeat the remedy several times a week until you see results.
Listerine mouth wash is great for getting rid of germs in the mouth; additionally, you can also use it to soak the callus in. Take a clean, sterile cotton wool and soak it in the Listerine. Dab the cotton on the callus. Use a bandage to wrap the cotton on the calluses tightly, and let them remain overnight. The next morning, use a file or pumice stone to scrub the softened dead layers of the skin. Repeat this remedy daily until the callus falls off.
3. Tea tree oil
Many essential oils can effectively and permanently remove calluses from the hands and feet. Tea tree oil is the best as it is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and also analgesic. They can give you much needed relief from painful calluses. Dab concentrated tea tree oil on the callus and cover it with a clean bandage. Reapply every few hours. The callus will fall off on its own. This is a great remedy to remove calluses without pumice stone.
4. Pumice stone
A pumice stone consists of porous abrasive surface that are very effective in filing away layers of dead skin present on warts, corns and calluses. Wet the stone with some warm water and soap and rub the callus in gentle motion. It helps if you can soak the callus in hot water for 5-10 minutes first to soften the hardened skin. Apart from pumice stone, you can use an emery board, a nail file or a foot brush or scrub. Repeat this massage every day if your feet are prone to calluses.
5. Change your footwear
In majority of the cases, calluses and corns can be attributed to poor fitting shoes. Replace your tight shoes immediately and have your feet measured by an expert before buying another, properly-fitting pair. If need be, use gel inserts, felt pads, sponges or metatarsals fitted inside the shoes to relieve pressure from the feet. Women should avoid high heels which place a lot of burden on the balls of the feet leading to calluses.
6. Lemon juice or Vinegar
Soaking your feet in warm water mixed with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar/apple cider vinegar is an effective callus and corn removal remedy. Soak for at least 20 minutes to soften the dead, dry skin layers. You can then file away the dead skin with a pumice stone. Repeat this remedy weekly.
7. Over the counter hydrating creams for corns and calluses
Keratolytic hydrating creams containing urea and salicylic acid can also be used for treating calluses permanently. 12% Ammonium lactate solution can also be used for this purpose.
8. Salicylic plasters
40% Salicylic plasters and corn/wart remover products available over the counter can also help in removing calluses permanently without pumice stone. The adhesive plasters must be cut to fit the area of hardened skin-make sure they do not burn the surrounding healthy skin. You need to leave the plaster on overnight. In the morning, scrub the callus with a file or brush. Generally, 2-3 applications of salicylic acid plaster are enough to see results. Diabetic patients and people with blood circulation issues must refrain from using salicylic acid.
When to see the doctor
- If the corn/calluses are extremely painful, see a podiatrist immediately. Do not try to cut into the hardened skin yourself as this could lead to infections. A podiatrist can file the callus for you.
- In case of extreme pain, your doctor might prescribe cortisone injections.
- If the condition keeps recurring, get yourself examined immediately. Certain underlying health issues such as diabetes or poor circulation may be causing it.
Tips for corn/calluses prevention
- Scrub your feet from time to time. If possible, get yourself a nice pedicure every month.
- Avoid wearing footwear of incorrect sizes.
- Use gel inserts, sponges or gel pads to prevent abrasion, friction and unnecessary pressure on the feet.
- Make use of socks inside shoes always.
- Avoid walking barefoot on asphalt or other rough surfaces.
We hope these home remedies for calluses on feet show quick results.