Step-by-Step Instructions for Tending to Calluses & Corns

What’s the difference between the two? Calluses are a buildup of rough, thick patches of skin on the feet (hands/fingers too) and typically don’t cause any discomfort.

Corns (heloma) are similar, yet the buildup is more concentrated in a small area and frequently deep at their core. Texture may be soft or hard, depending on what part of the body they’re situated. For example, if one is located between the toes, chances are it’s soft because the moisture keeps it so. They’re generally painful, particularly when friction is involved.

If a lot of time is spent standing/walking each day or your tootsies experience consistent pressure and rubbing, they can develop easily – especially as we grow older. The biggest culprit? Usually ill-fitting shoes.

Some like to work at them by digging at or clipping layers off using toenail clippers and small razors. Please don’t, it’s too easy to nip flesh too deeply or give yourself an infection since the tools aren’t sterilized.

I’ve put together a self-care check list (found below) along with a few tips that will help tackle the job and get your tender tootsies back into good shape, includes home remedies/recipes for nurturing soaks.

How To Get Rid Of Them

Materials Required:

1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Kosher salt
Pumice Stone


  • Rest feet in a tub of hot water that has baking soda and Kosher salt stirred in (if preferred, apple cider vinegar can be added to the water instead). Soak for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, lift one foot out of the tub and begin to scrub the callus or corn (use the pumice stone). Do this gently since skin will be tender from the soaking.
  • Rinse the stone in the basin as needed, you’ll find there’s loose, sloughed epidermis building up on the surface of the pumice that reduces its effective abrasiveness. Continue working with the tool until the troublesome spot has been removed, or at least as much as is comfortably possible. Sometimes this takes more than a single treatment.
  • Repeat the procedure for the other foot (which has been resting in the basin the whole time). The skin will be softer yet on this one, so go gently.
  • Once successfully removed (or as much as possible in one sitting), rinse off and pat dry. Apply favorite moisturizer then put on wool or cotton socks.


  • The first treatment is always the biggest job, but if regularly tended to (especially as soon as rough spots start to appear), quick and positive results should be noticed. Incorporating these spa recipes turn it into a luxurious time of pampering. This Therapy Scrub is also lovely (scroll to bottom of page).
  • If the patches are particularly thick, the above steps may be needed to perform over a period of several days.
  • If feet are in terrible shape and a professional pedicure has never been done, why not consider doing this as the first step then take care of things yourself afterward. The initial pedicure tackles most of the troubled areas very well and it’s just a matter of maintaining things from there. It’s not necessary but it will help speed things along.
  • If they tend to develop routinely, try applying coconut oil or shea butter frequently and fitting shoes with cushion insoles. Wear shoes that fit well, use cushioned insoles and avoid wearing high heels. Special pads can be purchased to cover the corns that help them heal faster.
  • If yours seem to be permanent, are painful and don’t disappear after regular treatment, have a doctor check them. He (or she) may be able to prescribe something, occasionally surgery is required for extreme cases.

Caution: If you have diabetes, it’s always recommended to consult a medical doctor first before doing any type of self-care regimen.

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    • Cynthia Ramirez

    This really does work. Make the water as hot as you can stand it. I used sea salt because I didn’t have Kosher salt.

    Instead of using the pumice stone for feet, I had an unused pumice stone designated for household use.

    I can’t believe how good my heels look. I was even able to get some dead skin off the balls of my feet.

    My new favorite foot soak: baking soda and sea salt.

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