Your feet bear the weight of your body and can become rough and calloused from normal daily use. To remove rough spots, you should take steps to protect your feet from the friction and wear that cause corns and calluses. Proper maintenance not only removes existing problems, it can prevent future corns and calluses and keep your feet soft. Consult your physician if you experience pain, itching or swelling in your feet in addition to flaking skin or cracks.
Wear shoes and socks that fit properly. Ill-fitting footwear can rub against your feet causing corns, calluses and blisters. Wearing shoes also protects your feet from rubbing against the ground.
Moisturize your feet regularly. A good moisturizer will prevent calluses and rough spots from forming and, if you have rough spots, soften them for removal.
Wash your feet with an exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin on the surface. The exfoliating scrub will also help you remove any rough spots that have already formed.
Soak your feet in a mixture of warm water, 1 cup of Epsom salts and 20 drops of peppermint oil. The Epsom salts will soften your skin and the peppermint oil will stimulate blood flow to encourage soft, supple skin.
Apply a moisturizer and wear silk socks overnight. The moisturizer softens your skin and the silk socks warm your feet to encourage absorption. The socks also keep you from staining your sheets.
Keep your feet clean and dry, especially in the summer when you are likely to walk outside in sandals or bare feet.
- National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: Keep Feet and Skin Healthy
- Mayo Clinic: Corns and Calluses
- “The Good Foot Book: A Guide for Men, Women, Children, Athletes, Seniors - Everyone”; Glenn Copeland D.P.M., et al., 2005