It’s sandal season. So you want pretty, polished toes that are corn-and-callus-free. To get happy feet, Dr.Suzanne Levine, a celebrated NYC podiatrist, has a few home remedy tips for five common foot problems—along with advice on when to see a specialist.
- The cause ofcalluses is often faulty bio-mechanics (the way your bones and muscles align your foot) that results in extra pressure on specific areas. For minor calluses, try adding gel orthopedic inserts to your shoes to reduce friction.
Also, soak your feet in a basin with warm water, and half a cup of Epsom salt for 20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to work over any thick areas of skin. Finish with a moisturizer.
If your callus becomes painful and inflamed, you’ll need professional help. A trained podiatrist can remove a callus (do not trust this to a nail salon). Dr. Levine has also pioneered a procedure called “Pillows for Your Feet®” that uses a biodegradable, injectable filler to restore padding lost over time in the ball of the foot. This helps alleviate the cause of calluses and is a great fix for general foot pain.
- Blistersare similarly a result of bio-mechanics (or poor fitting shoes), and represent your bodies’ attempt to protect a sensitive area of the foot. Your best bet for minor blisters is to leave them alone, and cover the offended area with antibiotic cream and a Band Aid. Also switch up any shoes that may be the culprit (narrow heels often fall into this category). If the blister breaks on its own, wash with mild soap and water, and cover up as above.