Calluses are common in the foot area and it’s usually nothing to worry about because everyone has some form of calluses on their foot anyway.
This is our bodies way of protecting our feet from constant rubbing.
However, there are ways to eliminate this which is #1 priority if it’s causing pain and irritation on your daily travels.
And I’m going to help you achieve that.
What is a Foot Callus?
Calluses are a build up of hard skin due to friction and constant rubbing.
In most cases they always form around the heel and and forefoot area, but not uncommon to build up on the sides of the foot and big toe.
Do you need to worry about foot calluses?
There is usually nothing to worry about because they are inevitable, however, if it’s causing issues like pain and discomfort, then something has to be done.
As a rule of thumb, you should be filing the callus down every night to keep it under control.
But more on that soon.
Why Shoes Cause Calluses
Ill-fitting shoes are the most common cause of foot calluses.
As mentioned above, calluses form due to constant rubbing on the skin, so the body protects the affected area by forming a hard surface.
How does this happen?
Well big shoes shift around as you walk and rub against your feet, causing a constant rubbing effect.
Also when they are too tight it will cause lots of rubbing as well.
How to Remove Foot Calluses
Okay so now we have foot calluses, how do we get rid of them?
The best thing we can do is to keep it under control because they are almost inevitable.
That does not mean stabbing it or trying to cut the callus with a sharp object.
Using a pumice stone after a bath or shower is one of the best treatments since the skin is moisturized, it’s going to remove the hardened skin much easier.
Also another way to remove foot calluses is to use a foot file, which are only 10 bucks on Amazon.
You can use the foot file before or after a shower but I recommend you do it after.
How to Prevent Foot Calluses in the Future
Use these prevention techniques AFTER you’ve removed the callus and completely filed it flush with the rest of your foot.
Use the correct fitting shoe
Using the right shoe that ACTUALLY fits is hands down the best way to prevent foot calluses in the first place.
Wearing the wrong size shoe is one of the biggest reasons for foot calluses because it causes lots of rubbing and friction.
My girlfriend bought some new shoes for her job a couple months ago and damn I felt sorry for her.
They caused calluses all across one entire side of her foot, and I told her the shoes were the reason for it.
But because she paid a fortune for them and her job required them, she was stuck with them.
She filed the calluses every night and applied lotion to them and eventually (after a few months might I add) she broke in the shoes and now they fit properly.
However, luckily shoe used the filer every night and applied lotion otherwise it could’ve been much worse.
Proper foot care
Foot care is all about applying some type of foot lotion as soon as you get out of the shower, when the bottoms of your feet are a little damp.
The key takeaway here is that if you already have a foot callus, I recommend filing that b*tch down right now.
If you’re trying to prevent any calluses from forming in the future, apply lotion after a shower and use a foot file as soon as you get home and relax.
Of course definitely get better fitting shoes as well since ill-fitting shoes is the biggest culprit.
Well that’s what I recommend to take care of your calluses once and for all.
Do that and you have nothing to worry about.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
PS: Do you have anything you would like to add about foot calluses? Leave them in the comments below!