What Is the Best Foot Callus Remover?

Reviewed on 5/21/2021
Best foot callus removers contain a gentle but highly effective scrubbing mechanism.
Best foot callus removers contain a gentle but highly effective scrubbing mechanism. Choosing the best foot callus remover depends on your budget and the size of the rough surface.

Best foot callus removers contain a gentle but highly effective scrubbing mechanism. With the right callus remover, you can remove callus and soften and smoothen your feet at home. Choosing the best foot callus remover depends on your budget and the size of the rough surface. Callus removers are available in manual and electric forms.

Manual callus remover:

  • Manual callus removers eliminate callus slowly because you're doing it by hand.
  • Quickly rubbing the raspy surface of a manual remover against callus removes small, simple patches of dead skin from your feet.
  • Some manual removers may have an additional blade used to slice off a layer of ultra-thick skin.
  • Manual callus removers range from $3 to $15, depending on the brand.

Electric callus remover:

  • Electric callus removers run either on batteries or electricity.
  • They can work quickly and effortlessly to remove larger, thicker, and tougher callus.
  • An electric callus remover has a 360° rotating roller that can rasp and buff your callus.
  • Electric callus removers are more expensive, with the bulk of models falling into the mid-$20 range. Between $30 and $40, you'll find corded units and wet/dry battery-operated models.

Because callus remover is a tool that you may need to use for a long time, it is wise to understand the basics of choosing one that will serve you best.

Design:

  • Choose one that is easy to use and maintain.
  • One with light-emitting diode (LED) illumination will enable you to better see the area you are exfoliating.
  • Pick one with a detachable roller and firm grip for easy cleaning and use.

Flexibility:

  • Choose one that allows you to adjust the roller’s speed to your preference.
  • If you are always on the move, a battery-powered remover will offer you the portability you need.

Price:

  • A high-priced callus remover doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best.
  • Compare features, specifications, and customer reviews of some of the best electric callus removers within the limits of your budget before buying.

Reliability:

  • Choose a model that has at least one year warranty, which is an indication the manufacturer can vouch for its quality and durability.

The choice may be based on several criteria.

  • Easy and safe to use
  • Water-resistant
  • Battery operated
  • International power cord
  • 360° roller
  • Cleaning brush
  • Salon-like results
  • Usable on wet skin
  • Safe for diabetics
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Coarseness of rollers varies, among other things

One thing that you have to keep in mind is that rather than ignoring the problem, it is a good idea to get your callus removed. With the help of callus removers, you will be able to not only sort out this problem but also take care of your feet in general. Most of the callus removers are versatile and can be used for a pedicure as well. This is the reason why you should think about opting for one. Before you buy one, it is important to check the advantages and things that you should consider while choosing one.

What is callus?

A callus is a thickening of skin exposed to prolonged rubbing or increased pressure. Over the hands, a callus may form on a finger due to repeated pressure, rubbing from a pen or pencil, or from playing a stringed instrument. Callus can also form at the base of the fingers from using gardening tools, playing tennis, chopping wood, or any activity in which you tightly grasp an object. On the feet, callus typically develops near the base of the toes, where it is caused by friction from the inside of shoes. Some calluses are related to improper walking techniques or foot abnormalities that place unusual stress on parts of the foot during walking. Callus may eventually get painful. Sometimes, an ulcer may form beneath the callus. Pressure by callus over the underlying tissue or ulceration under callus may cause extreme pain.

Treatment options:

A podiatrist will conduct a complete examination of your feet. They may take X-rays. They may also want to inspect your shoes and watch you walk. They will also take a complete medical history. A callus is diagnosed based on appearance and history.

  • If you have a mild callus, your podiatrist may suggest changing your shoes and/or adding padding to your shoes.
  • Local application of salicylic acid may also help smoothen superficial callus.
  • Larger corns and callus are most effectively reduced (made smaller) with a surgical blade. A podiatrist can use the blade to carefully shave the thickened, dead skin right in the office. The procedure is painless because the skin is already dead. You may need additional treatments if the corn or callus recurs.
  • The podiatrist may give cortisone injections into the foot or toe if the corn or callus is causing significant pain. Surgery may be necessary in cases that do not respond to conservative treatment.

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References
Corns and calluses: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/corns-and-calluses/

Calluses and Corns: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/ug2399

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