Popular Foot Products Can Be Dangerous

Generally speaking, our feet hurt. With that understanding, there is a huge market for products that claim to end the foot pain. Some work, others do not. Some even can cause worse problems.

Today I'd like to start with a rule of thumb I use often in the office...if you can compare it to a kitchen utensil, you should not be using it on your feet! If you look at a foot product and immediately can think of a practical use in the kitchen, stay away!!

The first item I'd like to discuss is the popular Ped-Egg. To the untrained eye (and even to the trained eye) you can't help notice that the product strongly resembles a cheese grater. Now I know that most of you would not think about getting your fine box grater from the kitchen cabinet and work on your calluses, right?

In the same vein are the many products known as a callus shaver or callus planer. This is a "safety" metal device with a razor blade embedded to take off the top layer of skin. Strongly resembles a cheese slicer. The words "bathroom surgery" come to mind.

A safe alternative to these callus products are a multitude of products designed to safely remove calluses. A Pummice Sponge is an inexpensive and effective means to remove the callus. Best used in or after a bath or shower, the Pummice Sponge will safely remove the top layer of hard, dead skin. Another solution is the Gilden Tree Footscrubber and Callus Remover, which works much the same way.

For more foot care solutions to manage corns and calluses, visit our online Foot Care Store.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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