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Any good ways to get rid of excess calluses?  RSS feed

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Approximately 4 years ago, I began to get serious about going barefoot, not just at home but wherever I could. Unfortunately, it so happened that I had a plantar wart at that time, which rubbed on the ground in such a way that an uncomfortable callus grew around it. Now the wart is long gone, but the callus is still there, and it just keeps growing back, no matter how many times I trim it back with nail clippers.

Do you think my doctor was any help? HA! He seemed to think the by-then gone plantar wart was the problem, and did a cryofreeze treatment (which I could have gotten over the counter for a lot less money). And caustic "callus remover" products from the pharmacy were painful and did not get rid of the callus.

A few days ago, I saw some kind of video on the 'net supposedly about a wonderful way to get rid of calluses, cracks in the feet, etc., etc. Only problem was, the video spent so much time talking up how wonderful it was for this 'n that 'n the other, it wasn't actually getting around to saying what the supposed technique was. I wasn't about to watch a half hour video that for all I knew might turn out to be nothing more than an infomercial for some expensive quackery!

Most of the calluses on my feet serve a purpose; but this one in particular is really out of place and uncomfortable. Does anyone know how to get rid of a persistent callus?
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The age old way is using a pumice stone and water. Then, followed by rubbing the area with a small drop of olive oil.
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Does anyone know how to get rid of a persistent callus?

I had some success removing calluses by using baking soda. I had calluses due to walking on coral sand/gravel(I lived in the tropics for several years).

How to: Put some(1-2 tsp) baking soda inside each of a pair of finely-woven socks(something like poly/nylon, not cotton/crew), shake the socks so the baking soda is evenly spread across the sock foot-pads, and wear them while you sleep. Use fresh socks/baking soda each night. After about a few days to a week of this any hard/callused skin on your feet will start to peel off, kinda like how dead skin peels off after a sunburn. I only had small/thin calluses, so yours might take longer.

Pros: No more calluses!
Cons: Baking soda made my feet sweat a lot while I was using it, until maybe a few days afterwards. After my calluses were gone, my feet were more sensitive, I couldn't just traipse around in the sand/gravel willy-nilly. I hate wearing socks while sleeping.

Good luck!
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