5 Hacks for Ridding Your Feet of Hard Skin

Hard, thick skin on your feet could be a sign of developing calluses. It can be painful and unsightly. So, with summer at our doorsteps, here are some steps you can take to prevent hard spots from developing on the delicate skin of your feet. 

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1. Get rid of dead skin 

Please note, this tip should only be done at home, with fresh new products. And it should only be done BEFORE you have hard skin, not on patches that have already thickened or hardened. TO keep hard patches from forming, soak your feet every day or every other day. After your feet are nice and soft, gently rub a sterile pumice stone around your heels and under your toes, in areas where hard skin is likely to show up. Never use a sharp razor, as this can cut your feet, and avoid this procedure in spas or nail salons, as it may lead to infection. 

2. Keep Scrubbing

Just like a pumice, a foot exfoliating cream, or even a nubbly wash cloth, can help exfoliate dead skin in more sensitive areas of your feet. 

3. Apply Moisturizer

After exfoliating your feet on a daily basis, be sure to apply a good quality moisturizer to your feet. For some, a regular, over the counter moisturizer product will be enough. But if callouses have been a repeat problem for you, a stronger moisturizer may be in order. Products made with urea can provide a more permanent solution for preventing hard skin from forming. 

4. Switch up your kicks 

While dry feet and built up dead skin can contribute to hard skin, so can your shoes. If you wear the same pair of shoes--even supportive sneakers--every day, they will press on your feet in the same spots. All. The. Time. And, over time, even the best, podiatrist-approved shoes can rub and press enough to create hard, irritated skin patches. To avoid this problem, wear a different pair of shoes every day, or every other day. 

5. Check in with your podiatrist

If corns or calluses are already present, it's important not to try and treat yourself at home. Over the counter products don't really resolve these problems, and attempting to shave off or cut out hard patches of skin can only leave you vulnerable to infection. Thankfully, however, we can easily treat your callouses in the office. And we can do it painlessly and without a risk of infection! So do your best to keep feet smooth at home, but if problems arise, come in and see us for sandal-ready skin! 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.