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A foot callus is formed when thick, hardened skin accumulates over areas of continual friction or pressure usually on the sides and soles of the feet.
There are times when internal or external factors disrupt the equal distribution of body weight on your feet. Areas of the foot that are not used to that kind of repeated pressure tend to harden or thicken as a defensive measure. Incorrect footwear is also a common cause of calluses on the soles of the feet and sides of the big toe.
While unsightly and uncomfortable, calluses are actually a protective mechanism—the body’s way of protecting the skin on the feet from breaking down under constant irritation. This protection is especially important for seniors, who have very thin skin on the feet; diabetics, for whom a break in the skin can lead to a life-threatening infection; as well as athletes, runners, dancers and anyone else that experiences constant friction during activities. However, calluses can become particularly hard and thick, leading to extreme discomfort; in some cases, very painful too, with the risk of complications. For this demographic, it becomes specially important to treat foot calluses with specialized foot care products and techniques, where the calluses are softened and reduced to desirable levels to restore optimal foot appearance and health.
Typically, eliminating the cause of irritation (for example, ill-fitting shoes) can stop a foot callus from getting worse; however, a stubborn foot callus will remain. While it’s tempting to take drastic measures to remove a callus by using a razor, rasp or other type of shaver or sharp instrument, this is never recommended—even if done by a licensed pedicurist. These procedures are not only dangerous but are actually outlawed in many areas throughout the world. Instead, proper foot callus treatment involves softening and reducing the foot callus formation. In this way, the feet are made more comfortable and attractive, while still offering appropriate protection from friction and pressure.
Strong, chemical foot callus removers which contain high concentrations of caustic ingredients such as salicylic acid and potassium hydroxide can cause irritation and even chemical burns on fragile skin. Also avoid thick salves or heavy emollients. While these products initially seem to soften calluses, they are greasy, slow to absorb and usually provide temporary results.
The best foot callus treatment begins with a professional pedicure using callus removers that contain gentle, but highly effective ingredients. If you suffer from foot calluses, look for non-aggressive treatments which contain ingredients such as Urea. Urea is a natural end product of metabolism and a humectant, which means it has the ability to attract and retain moisture. Urea also has excellent exfoliating properties which help to unlock skin cells which are tightly packed together (such as the cells that comprise a stubborn foot callus!) without disturbing the natural skin’s natural processes. Urea is also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Having healthy and beautiful feet year-round is important. We do not want you to be embarrassed to wear sandals in public.
Footlogix® offers a transformational solution for softening and reducing foot calluses when you receive a Footlogix® professional foot care service. This service delivered by a trained, professional pedicurist will help you identify your foot callus as well as other foot-related concerns. After a visual foot and leg evaluation, the pedicurist will soak the feet, exfoliate the feet and legs and then begin the foot callus removing portion of the service. Using the following Footlogix® products, the pedicurist can safely and effectively reduce calluses and deliver transformational results.
After a pedicure, be sure to use the correct Footlogix® home care products in between pedicures to ensure continued hydration of the feet. Your Footlogix® pedicurist can recommend the right Footlogix® moisturizing formula for you.
A Footlogix Professional Pedicure will give you the transformational results that your feet desire. Recommended for:
Foot Soak Concentrate
DD Cream Mousse Formula
Exfoliating Seaweed Scrub