Callouses are a build-up of rough, thick skin. They commonly occur on the bottom of the feet. Although it’s perfectly normal to have some minor callouses on your feet, thick ones can be painful and should be removed.


Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for a minimum of five minutes to soften the skin on the soles.

Gently rub a pumice stone or foot file back and forth across the callous. These tools will gradually remove the tough layers of skin. If the callous is especially thick, you may have to repeat the procedure a number of times before removing most of it.

Dry off your feet and apply petroleum jelly, aloe cream or a heavy lotion containing lanolin to the calloused areas. Many department stores sell lotions specifically designed to soften tough skin on the feet.

Consider purchasing special pads, ointments or creams made to treat callouses. Prescription strength formulas are also available from your physician. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the best product for your specific condition and always follow product directions carefully.

Tips

  • Prevent additional callouses by wearing shoes and socks that fit properly. Purchase some cushioned in-sole pads to put into your shoes and avoid walking barefoot.