What is a callus?
A callus is tough, thick skin that has become that way because of recurring pressure or friction.
You can usually find calluses on your feet, particularly on the base of the big toe or at the bottom of your feet – areas often subjected to friction.
Calluses can be attributed to certain things. If you frequently use shoes that don’t fit well or shoes with high heels, you are likely to have calluses on your feet. If you wear sandals or shoes without any socks, you are also likely to have calluses on your feet. Anything that causes excessive friction in the same area is likely to cause the formation of calluses.
Calluses can cause great discomfort and pain. They may sometimes be accompanied by a burning or throbbing sensation. There are certain measures you can apply, however, to remove calluses.
How to Get Rid of Calluses on Feet Overnight
Removing calluses requires three courses of action. You have to soak, rub, and dry calluses to get rid of them. There are many ways to do each step. You can try all of them to determine which one fits your needs.
You can make a chamomile tea soak. A 20-minute soaking will effectively soften your calluses. Your skin may get stained with the tea. The color, however, will readily wash off with water and soap.
- You can also try a baking soda soak. Baking soda is an effective exfoliating agent. It has tiny crystals that soften the skin and helps get rid of dead skin cells.
Dissolve baking soda (2 tablespoons) in water and soak your feet for about half an hour.
- You can add Epsom salt to tepid water and soak your feet in it.
- You can saturate a piece of bread with apple cider vinegar overnight and make a paste. Apply the paste to your calluses before going to bed. Use a bandage to secure the paste. Put a paper sack over the foot and let it stay there for the night.
- Olive oil is a natural moisturizer and softener. Warm some olive oil. Use a cotton ball to apply the oil on your calluses. Put cotton socks over your feet. The overnight soak will soften and reduce the tough hardened skin.
- Combine wheat germ and sesame oil. Slightly warm the concoction then add some sesame seeds. Leave the mixture to come to room temperature then apply to your calluses.
- Pineapples have bromelain, an enzyme recognized for its tenderizing properties.
Use the peel of the fruit to soften your feet. Lay the inner side of the peel against your calluses. Secure the peel with gauze or a cotton cloth. Leave it overnight to do its magic.
- Papayas have papain, an enzyme known for its ability to break down protein.
Extract the juice of papaya. Use a cotton ball to apply the juice to your calluses. You can also secure the juice-saturated cotton ball on your feet with a cotton gauze, leaving it there over night to soften your calluses.
- Use a foot pile or pumice stone to scour over the callus. Use strong circular motions. If the callus is big, soak the area again after the initial scrubbing. Scrub with the pumice stone again until you scrape off all the dead skin cells and uncover the new pinkish skin underneath.
- You can use a sugar scrub to exfoliate your feet. Take ½ cup of granulated sugar. Add a few drops of mineral oil and lemon essence and make a paste. Use the paste as a scrub.
- Walk barefoot on the beach. The wet semi-rough sand will help scrub off dead tough skin.
- After going through the first two procedures, make sure to completely dry off your feet with a clean towel. Sprinkling cornstarch over the undersides of your feet will help make the skin dry and prevent infections.
Moisturize your feet after you soak, scrub, and dry them.
Tips to Prevent and Get Rid of Calluses
Always use footwear that fit comfortably. Ill-fitting shoes tend to rub against the undersides of your feet. This constant friction is bound to promote the formation of calluses.
Avoid the constant use of high heels. The wearing of high heels tends to put weight and pressure on the balls of your feet. This causes the skin on this area to toughen.
Use proper socks with your footwear. Foot socks tend to cushion your feet against the friction that shoes may cause.
Make sure that your feet are always clean. Inspect the insides of your shoes for any grit that may rub against your feet and cause friction.
Scrub your feet once a week. Do it gently and properly. Do not over scrub. Over scrubbing causes tears on the skin of your soles that may become infected.
After you wash or scrub your feet, make sure that you dry them properly. Pat them dry with a soft clean towel.
Remember to moisturize your feet. It is best to put on moisturizers right after you take a shower to better lock in moisture. Use a natural moisturizer like olive oil or petroleum jelly.
If you have diabetes, consult your doctor about taking the right steps to remove calluses. Diabetes increases the risk of infections from wounds or cuts.
Do not ever use sharp implements to shave off the calluses if you cannot remove them through the procedures outlined above. Consult a specialist for the appropriate treatment.