Should I use a callus blade to get rid of my hard skin?
This was a question emailed to me by a client over the weekend. Never having had to use one myself I googled them to have a look.
They are pretty scary looking implements – a razor blade set into a handle with a ‘safety’ guard.
The reviews made for interesting reading… some people loved them, some found them not fit for purpose, and there were also a LOT of warnings about not pressing too hard, because you could cause quite a lot of damage if you did!!
The problem with treating your own feet is that it can be very tricky to get at them (unless you can achieve the lotus position!) and if you can get into the right position, being able to see what you are doing is also a problem.
A MUCH safer option is to use a foot file. While this can feel like a never-ending task, particularly with those who suffer from thick callus, little and often is the key. We generally recommend a file that looks like sandpaper, but metal ‘cheese grater’ types are available if you do have a lot of callus to work on. Even with these it is important not to press too hard, especially if you have soaked your feet first. It can be surprisingly easy to gouge chunks out of your feet with too much pressure – just look at what is left of the block of cheese!
Follow up with a rich foot cream and you should be able to keep on top of the worst of your hard skin. Read about the best foot creams to use here.