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 your feet (and sometimes hands).

Corns are similar, yet the buildup is more concentrated in one area and can be deep at their core. They can be soft or hard, depending on what area of the body they’re on. For example, if one is between your toes, chances are it’s soft because the moisture keeps it so.

If you spend a lot of time standing each day or your tootsies experience regular pressure and rubbing, they can develop more easily – especially as you grow older.

Some like to take care of them by digging at or clipping them off with toenail clippers and small razors. Please don’t, it’s too easy to give yourself an infection since the tools aren’t sterilized or you can nip yourself too deeply.

Here are instructions to help get things back into shape.

Materials Needed:

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


  • Rest feet in a tub of hot water with the baking soda and Kosher salt stirred in. Soak for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, lift one foot out of the tub and begin to scrub the callus or corn with the pumice stone. Do this gently since your skin will be tender from the soaking.
  • Rinse the stone in the basin as needed, you’ll find there’s loose skin building up (rinse off as needed). Continue working with the pumice until the troublesome spot has been removed, or at least as much as is comfortably possible. Sometimes this will take more than one treatment.
  • Repeat the procedure on 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 you’ve successfully removed them (or as much as you can in one sitting), rinse off and pat dry. Apply your favorite moisturizer then cover with wool or cotton socks.


  • The first treatment will always be the biggest job, but if you regularly tend to them as soon as rough spots start to appear, you should see positive results. You can also try these spa recipes and turn it into a pamper time: Soaks and Therapy Scrub (scroll to bottom of page).
  • If the patches are particularly thick, you may need to perform the above steps over a period of several days.
  • If your feet are in bad shape and you’ve never had a professional pedicure done, why not consider doing this as the first step then take care of things yourself afterward. The initial pedicure will tackle most of the troubled areas very well and it will just be a matter of maintaining things from there on. It’s not necessary but it will help speed things along.
  • If you find they develop regularly, try applying coconut oil or shea butter frequently and fitting your shoes with cushion insoles. Wear shoes that fit well, use cushioned insoles and avoid wearing high heels. You can buy special pads to cover the corns that help them heal faster.
  • If yours seem to be permanent, are painful and don’t disappear with treatment, have your doctor check them. He (or she) may be able to prescribe something for you, sometimes surgery is required for extreme cases.

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

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  1. Cynthia Ramirez says:

    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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