The simplest treatment for calluses on the feet is to soak your foot in warm water until the callus softens and to gently remove the callused skin using a pumice stone or foot file. Applying lotion between soakings helps make the removal faster. You can also use medicated foot pads that break down the skin. In extreme cases, a podiatrist may be able to safely remove very thick calluses.
- Soak the foot
Soak the foot in the shower or in a large bowl of warm water for 10 minutes to soften the hard callus to make removal easier. Adding Epsom salts to the water helps soften the skin.
- File away the callus
Rub the callus with a pumice stone to remove tough and callused skin. If the callus is between the toes, use a nail file or emery board. It may take several treatments for the callus to disappear completely. Do not rub the callus hard enough to cause pain, and do not rub the skin raw. A few minutes each day is enough.
- Apply lotion
Use lotion after filing the callus to keep it softer between treatments, making the removal process faster and easier. Continue to apply lotion after the callus is gone to keep the skin soft and supple, which can prevent the callus from reforming.
- Call a doctor if necessary
If you have diabetes or experience painful calluses that don't go away, make an appointment with a podiatrist or foot care specialist to identify further problems and establish treatment.