How to Use Foot Shavers

by S.R. Becker ; Updated September 28, 2017

Keep feet baby-smooth with a foot shaver.

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When you walk a lot or expose your feet to the elements, they often become callused. If you have calluses or corns, a foot shaver will remove them and leave your feet soft and smooth. Shavers come in several forms -- some look similar to a razor and use a single sharp blade, while others are egg-shaped and have blades like a cheese grater. Use foot shavers with extreme caution to prevent shaving off too much skin.

Items you will need

  • Mild soap
  • Towel
Step 1

Wash your feet with soap and warm water. Pat them dry with a towel. Allow them to air dry completely before shaving.

Step 2

Change the blade in the shaver according to the package directions if you have used it more than two or three times.

Step 3

Grasp the handle of the shaver tightly and press it against the thickest callus.

Step 4

Slide the foot shaver down the callus lengthwise. If using a shaver that looks like a razor, work in one direction only. If using a rasp or egg-shaped shaver, work gently back and forth. Use very thin, light strokes, and stop shaving just before you think you need to.

Step 5

Clean your shaver by rinsing it in warm, soapy water after each use. Lay it on a clean towel to dry.

Step 6

Shave your calluses a second time if they remain the next day and your heels aren't sore. There is no need to change the blade for a second, brief shaving.

Tips

  • Moisturize your feet after shaving by slathering them in foot lotion or petroleum jelly and wearing socks overnight.

Warnings

  • Do not use a foot shaver if you have diabetes or hemophilia.

    Do not use a foot shaver on wet skin, as it can take off too much skin and cause injury.

    Do not attempt to shave off warts.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.