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How do you care for your feet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 01, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I always get callouses on my feet, more so when summer rolls around and all I want to wear are boat shoes...

I get a lot of callouses on my toes, especially big toe. I end up compulsively picking at them which never ends well.

I have a pumice stone which I use for my hands after pullups/kettlebells, but it doesn't really help much.

Any protocols for calloused, torn feet?

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on September 28, 2012
at 11:11 AM

That's a little extreme, no?

01eb62476756ea980bf8fc048179d4bc

(374)

on June 05, 2012
at 11:43 PM

fair enough, i suppose

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

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on June 03, 2012
at 11:45 AM

its not the callouses, its when they *rip* that they become a problem...

01eb62476756ea980bf8fc048179d4bc

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on June 01, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Yeah, being barefoot is great any all, but calluses are your skin's natural response to repeated friction and pressure, they have nothing to do with letting your skin breathe...

01eb62476756ea980bf8fc048179d4bc

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on June 01, 2012
at 11:16 PM

You are a man (unless you're a girl named Andrew)...you should not pumice the calluses off of your hands. Calluses are sexy.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on June 01, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Agreed. I go mostly barefoot while I'm at home and wear non-constricting shoes. With that and having had two kids (my feed spread during pregnancy) I have really wide feet now. Make sure you have shoes that are wide enough for your feet... I found that out the hard way with callouses and actually some nerve damage.

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:28 PM

this is exactly my problem. I have flat feet and my toes have that look to them as if they've been stuffed into ill fitting narrow shoes my whole life. I will look into those toe separators.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Caluses are a result of not letting your skin breathe? I don't think so... I have calused feet to hell due to muay thai which is a barefoot sport. I keep them because if not, your feet will hurt like shit the next time to train.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:12 PM

If your callouses are on the sides of toes or feet, your shoes compress your feet too much. Non-shoe-wearers have a lot of callousing on bottom of foot where it serves as natural protection. My foot care is basically to wear very wide open toed sandals year round (with socks in winter) or go barefoot. In winter (less air circulation?), my feet will sometimes crack a little at heels and coconut oil helps a lot.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:20 PM

If your callouses are on the sides of toes or feet, your shoes compress your feet too much. Non-shoe-wearers have a lot of callousing on bottom of foot where it serves as natural protection. My foot care is basically to wear very wide open toed sandals year round (with socks in winter) or go barefoot. In winter (less air circulation?), my feet will sometimes crack a little at heels and coconut oil helps a lot.

Added: Boat shoes seem to narrow a lot at the toes. Look for wider toe boxes, ideally open.

Added: Scroll down this page for pic of natural foot/toe shape. https://nwfootankle.com/correct-toes PS. I'm not advocating the product on that page, just a good illustration. My own feet have gradually spread to the wider form over several years of wearing wide, open toed shoes.

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

(368)

on June 01, 2012
at 06:28 PM

this is exactly my problem. I have flat feet and my toes have that look to them as if they've been stuffed into ill fitting narrow shoes my whole life. I will look into those toe separators.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on June 01, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Agreed. I go mostly barefoot while I'm at home and wear non-constricting shoes. With that and having had two kids (my feed spread during pregnancy) I have really wide feet now. Make sure you have shoes that are wide enough for your feet... I found that out the hard way with callouses and actually some nerve damage.

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Coconut oil helps my feet. I apply after a shower and right before bed. I don't like to wear shoes, so my feet get pretty rough. After an application of coconut oil, they are smooth.

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9c7f224a45aaf3b96f1f7c6f7e0271c8

on September 27, 2012
at 06:34 PM

For calloused feet, it is good to start with the footwear you are wearing. Make sure that they are of the right size because the main cause of calloused feet is improperly fitted footwear.

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D59547f895ff4015046f924ea0b936d6

on June 02, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Belt sander with 40 Grit works wonders.

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F0ad82feb85e444aa0dd261e21fa5cbf

on June 02, 2012
at 12:29 AM

I started regularly wearing a type of toe separators...I've seen them called lots of things, including 'yoga toes'. I put them on for about 10-20 minutes at a times. The first few times really hurt, but the more I did it, the easier it got, and it helps relieve many types of foot pain for me.

I keep my calluses...I need 'em! :)

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on June 01, 2012
at 10:46 PM

I wear crocs....

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on September 28, 2012
at 11:11 AM

That's a little extreme, no?

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:26 PM

I have a friend that had to have half her toe lanced from MSRA due to a pedicure at a fairly well-established (and visibly clean) pedicure spa FYI. I know that's not cause for excessive alarm, but it keeps me away.

I have broad finger and toenails. If I don't keep the corners trimmed they will grow into the sides of my toes, which becomes very painful (especially in Vibrams with their individual toe pockets). I use hefty industrial nail clippers as well I file down callouses with pumice once/twice per week. I also burn through about 4 emory boards a month just filing down the corners of my nails so they don't start growing into the sides of my toes (big toe only, and thumbs occasionally).

So there is my foot-manscaping admission for the day. I'm gonna go listen to metal, eat steak, look at pictures of scantily-clad girls, and clean my guns - just to recover from that little testimonial. :-)

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10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:31 PM

I'm a big believer in naked feet as much as possible and that sores and caluses are a result of not letting your skin breathm I have to wear shoes at work but as soon as I get home the shoes come off and I walk barefoot indoors, ourdoors, driving... Etc.

01eb62476756ea980bf8fc048179d4bc

(374)

on June 01, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Yeah, being barefoot is great any all, but calluses are your skin's natural response to repeated friction and pressure, they have nothing to do with letting your skin breathe...

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 01, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Caluses are a result of not letting your skin breathe? I don't think so... I have calused feet to hell due to muay thai which is a barefoot sport. I keep them because if not, your feet will hurt like shit the next time to train.

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Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:53 PM

I have the same issue. I also wear boat shoes all the time!

I've never really been a believer in As-Seen-On-TV products, but someone gave me a great product a few months ago. Believe me, before this, I had tried EVERYTHING.

Heeltastic. I put it on daily or twice daily until the problem seems resolved, then go to twice weekly to prevent it from happening again. It works wonderfully. I think you can get it at most major drugstores/retail stores.

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on June 02, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Pedi-Egg works as well as a belt sander, maybe better. Just don't go nuts with it and start grating off strips of toe meat.

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7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

on June 01, 2012
at 11:36 PM

maybe add an exfoliating scrub in between pumice stone uses? i have had a hard time finding a more natural product (though you can use sugar/coconut oil in combo too - i don't because its a bit expensive to use this way) so i use a textured wash cloth that you can get here: http://myshobha.com/myshobha/myshobha_pages/myshobha_products_pages/exfoliatingcloth-all.html it does a really good job.

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Fb1acc37c066271cd4addf494f02861e

on June 01, 2012
at 11:16 PM

for callouses, they come from frictions between toes and shoes [and girls' shoes are worse than man shoes on this regard; they also lead more to hallux valgus].

SO the idea of the pumice stone is adequate to keep your feet clean but must be only used once a week, say. Then, you've got creams with a BHA's in it to peel your skin off, but generally, people apply far too much and thus burn the surroundings healthy areas.

These are punctual treatment and the sole way to get rid of them is ablation via a scalpel blade and them to hydrate the wound [shea butter, coconut oil etc.] and further wear a toe cap [in sillicone] on each on your removed skin. Consult a podologist if you have any doubt on the procedure because they will produce a an individual orthoprosthesis for you.

It takes ages for them to disappear.

equally, check your true shoe size; my left foot is half a size bigger than my right !

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8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:19 PM

I don't do much other than use this foot file/raspy thing in the shower when my feet are really wet and soft near the end of the shower. I slather on some unscented lotion to keep the dry parts from looking to gnarly in sandals. Callouses serve a purpose, so I don't get rid of them completely.

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:52 PM

pedicures help. also, maybe your shoes are the wrong size? get professionally fitted, talk to someone who knows about how shoes should really fit your feet.

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Ac7edffeaea00e2076762ea16d19c239

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Walking on the beach helps to keep my feet smooth so do pedicures... If you don't have a beach get a pedi once or twice a month. I think for men they are cheaper because they don't (usually) get paint.

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