Ped-Egg...It's popular, but is it safe?

It's tough to go to Walgreens, Target, CVS, or Walmart without passing by a display for the Ped-Egg. Reviews are usually glowing that their feet feel incredibly soft after treatment. When I look at it, I see one thing...a cheese grater.

I have an iron-clad rule in my practice, if you look at a product, and you think...."man, that would be great to zest a lemon or grate cheese, you should NOT use it on your body"...especially your foot!

The Ped Egg is actually a series of sharp blades that grate away hard skin. The problem is, you need to go by feel, not sight. How do you know you're getting too close? You feel the pain, see the bleeding, etc. OUCH!! What if you can't feel the pain? Some people with peripheral neuropathy do not have enough sensation to feel when you have gone too far. Again, these are BLADES! You don't want a pedicurist coming at you with a sharp blade, why would you want to yield one blindly?

Calluses can be well treated with a variety of creams, callus pumice stones and files, and pads. You can find a variety of these products on our online foot care store. Remember, you wouldn't want to use something like the slide the kid is about to go down, right? You'd never do that...don't do it with your feet either!!

When a new product comes to market, look at it with a critical eye and think "is it really something good to use on my feet?" Let your gut guide you!
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
I have not tried this, but it looks like it would really hurt. It does indeed look like a cheese grater. I think that it would be much more beneficial to visit a podiatrist. They would really help you out without grinding your foot off.
by Moe August 2, 2012 at 01:39 PM
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