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What Are Calluses And How To Get Rid Of It?

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 14, 2017

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Calluses are thick skin area that is hard and painful which is usually caused by friction or pressure. They are not dangerous but it can cause irritation. They are more common among people who wear ill-fitting shoes, have sweaty feet, and those who stand for long periods each day. They affect women more than men. They usually happen on the feet, but they can occur on the hands, elbows, or knees. Calluses are yellowish or pale in color.  They commonly appear where the skin frequently rubs against something, such as a bone, some item of footwear, or the ground.


•    A raised, hardened bump

•    A thick and rough area of skin

•    Skin that is flaky and dry

•    Tenderness under the skin


•    Anything that causes pressure or friction on the skin

•    Shoes that are too tight or too high-heeled, causing pressure

•    Shoes that are too loose, causing friction

•    A badly placed seam in a shoe that rubs against the skin

•    Socks that do not fit well

•    Wearing no socks

•    Walking barefoot regularly, as the skin will thicken to protect itself

•    Repeated actions such as jogging or walking in a particular way

•    Older age, as there is less fatty tissue in the skin, which means less padding and a higher risk of developing calluses, especially on the ball of the foot

Home Remedies for Calluses

 Apple Cider Vinegar

Fill a tub with hot, soapy water, then add a cup of apple cider vinegar in the water and then soak your feet for at least 15 minutes. Callus should be softened enough to be filed with a pumice stone.

Vitamin E or A

Before bed, use a needle to prick a vitamin E or A capsule, then rub the oil into your calluses. After the oil sits for a few minutes, put on a white cotton sock and head to bed.


Before going to bed cut a slice of lemon and peel about an inch long and the width of your toe. Place the pith over the callus, securing with a bandage and covering with a white cotton sock overnight. Continue this until the callus removes.


In a glass container, pour white vinegar over a slice of white onion. Leave the container in a warm place during the day, then cover the calluses with the onion before you go to bed. Use a bandage or bandage tape to hold it in place while you sleep. Repeat the treatment daily in night until it softens enough to be removed easily.

Epsom Salt

For callus, toss a handful of Epsom salts into a basin of warm water, then soak feet for about 10 minutes. Once the dead skin has softened, use a callus file or pumice stone to rub off the top layers. Continue grinding the callus down a bit each day after a bath or shower. It might take a few weeks, but trying to remove the whole thing at once will make the callus worse if you grind too deep.

Bread and Vinegar

 Soak feet in warm water and then rub the affected area with a pumice stone, clean and pat dry your feet. Soak a half slice of bread in one-half cup of white distilled vinegar. Put the soaked bread over the callus and wrap it with a bandage. Leave it on overnight. The next morning, remove the bandage and apply some moisturizing lotion. Repeat daily at night until you get the desired result.

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