How to Prevent Calluses on Feet?

By Walter Oconner | Best Personal Care Product


So, the doctor will examine the feet and state you the causes of thickened skin. This could be warts and cysts. However, there could be another cause for which they will recommend you to X-ray, especially when physical abnormality is causing the callus or corns.


There is a very straightforward treatment to the calluses that is to stop repeating things that are causing the callus. They can develop very easily. So, you must understand the preventive measures and after acknowledging the root cause, quit doing such stuff.

You can get rid of them by wearing proper fitting shoes. However, these should include the protective pads. There are various other self-care measures that one should take to avoid callus.

However, if the corn stays and becomes painful then best is to seek medical help, before the situation get intense.

  • The common most solution in this case that is followed by the doctors is to trim away the excess skin. Doctors usually pare down the thickened skin or simply trim the large corn with a scalpel. You are strictly recommended to not try this at home by yourself. This may lead to further infections.
  • There are medicines also that can easily remove the callus. Doctor could apply a patch that contains 40% salicylic acid. These patches are easily available online or at any medical store. You don’t need a prescription for these. However, it is best to consult the doctor on how often you should replace the patch. The doctor can also recommend you to use a pumice stone, nail filer or an emery board to scrub away the dead skin before you apply a new patch. If the area is larger then best is to get prescription of salicylic acid gel and apply on the target area.
  • In case of underlying foot deformity, you are always recommended to use any kind of shoe inserts. There are custom-made padded shoe inserts that are also known as orthotics. These can largely prevent recurring calluses and corns.
  • Surgery is a rare case when the doctor has to correct the alignment of bones causing the friction.

Home Remedies

There are various medical conditions that could cause poor blood flow in the body. Such conditions may be diabetes or related conditions. Well, for such people, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor before treating a callus or corn by yourself.

For the people with underlying health problems, here are some of the common solutions that they can try.

  1. 1
    You can apply any over-the-counter pad on the feet. However, you should read the description of the pad as it must not contain salicylic acid that can irritate the skin and lead to infection. This is especially in a case of diabetic people or any other medical condition that restricts the flow of blood in the body.
  2. 2
    The quick solution to get rid of the callus is by soaking the feet in the warm soapy water. It softens the callus and you can easily remove the thickened skin.
  3. 3
    Moisturize the feet to keep the skin thin.

About the Author

Hi everyone, I am Walter, Main Editor of and a Fitness Trainer with over 4 years of experience. I’ve also been promoting clean eating, a healthy lifestyle, and Organic products.