More than just looking unsightly, calluses are just the worst. As layers of hardened skin, calluses and corns might not be a reason to visit the doctor, but they’re definitely uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are plenty of callus products designed to help anyone get rid of them easily and painlessly.
While most calluses are caused by excessive friction over time due to either ill-fitting shoes or not wearing socks (or a combination of the two), most of us have had or will have calluses at some point in our adult lives regardless of our footwear habits. So, what can you do to make them go away? Well, a trip to the nail salon with your partner is a good start. However, if the embarrassment of an encounter such as this one is too much to bear (either due to the calluses or not), we’ve got other solutions to offer.
There are plenty of easy remedies you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own, judgement-free home. Electric foot sanders, pumice stones, soaks, gels and other products have been designed to remove these toughened areas of your feet easily, and many of them are quite effective.
From snagging one of the newer (and more powerful) callus remover creams to treating yourself to a nice pedicure and more, we’ve compiled the best products for you to get rid of uncomfortable calluses once and for all.
1. Dr. Scholl’s Callus Remover Patches
Worried about walking around all day in those awesome (but uncomfortable) new pair of shoes you just bought? Instead of just grinning and bearing it, add some relief to your feet with these callus-removing cushions. Dr. Scholl’s Callus Removers are designed to provide all-day relief by helping to pinpoint your calluses and soften them immediately. Sold in packs of four, these ultra-thin cushions are designed to be placed directly over your callus, giving you instant relief so you can continue to stand on your feet without feeling uncomfortable.
2. FineVine Tea Tree Oil Soak
Sometimes relaxation is the best medicine, especially when it comes to cumbersome calluses. Fortunately, this tea tree foot soak features a soothing seven oil blend to help calm your achy feet and soften hard calluses. Made with eucalyptus, peppermint, cajuput camphor, rosemary, and lavender, it’s a therapeutic way to help you relax while working to get rid of those pesky calluses.
3. Callus Remover Gel
Designed to help soften calluses and help maintain healthy, happy feet, this potent callus remover gel instantly removes rough and dead skin, helping your feet feel (and look) their best. It only takes a few minutes to apply, and reviewers have been raving about how good their feet feel afterward. Note that it’s important that you wear gloves when applying this product.
4. Vive Foot File (3 Pack)
It may look painful, but these foot files are designed to exfoliate dead and dry skin cells, remove hardened calluses and help your feet look and feel their best. Best of all, it’s totally painless. This pedicure set comes with three different-sized foot files for varying degrees of use. Able to be used on both wet and dry skin, they’re made from stunning stainless steel to help stand the test of time — even when your calluses don’t.
5. Organic Foot Balm
Designed to repair and replenish chaffed, dry and callused feet, this organic foot cream is 100 percent natural and features a hearty blend of six raw oils to pinpoint those pain points and offer immediate relief. Made with sweet almond, cold-pressed olive, grapeseed, sunflower essential oils and lavender oil, it’s also used to help treat eczema, psoriasis, discoloration and athletes foot.
6. Pritech Electric Callus Remover
Taking this whole DIY thing a step further, this electric foot sander may look more like an electric razor than a callus remover, but it does wonders for your feet. This particular electric callus remover is designed to be 100 percent waterproof. You can use this nifty device to help clean your feet and chip away at those pesky calluses in minutes. Watch as dry, dead skin vanishes before your eyes. Packed with a powerful (and rechargeable) 600mAh Li-ion battery, it can be used up to 45 minutes straight without needing a recharge. If you’ve never used one of these electric foot sanders, we highly recommend giving it a spin. Watching calluses and dry skin disappear is immensely satisfying.
7. Lava Pumice Stone for Feet
One of the oldest tricks in the book, pumice stones are popular for good reason. This extra-large option is easier to hold and is designed to target and exfoliate calluses, corns, dead skin and more. These naturally occurring stones are designed to stand the test of time, and because this one’s roughly twice the size of normal models, it’s really able to get in deep where your feet need it most. Sure, it might be a little more painful than, say, soaking your feet in a warm bath, but it’s sure to help rid those pesky calluses once and for all.
8. ELMCHEE Rechargeable Electric Callus Remover
This is another electric callus remover option that has two separate speeds to choose between — 1700x/min at its lowest speed and 2000x/min at high speed. It also has a pressure sensor inside that triggers an automatic shutoff if it gets too strong to avoid damage to healthy skin. It can run continuously for up to two hours on a single charge and features an LED power display so you know how much battery life you’ve got left. The kit comes with three replacement quartz sand grinding heads and the whole machine has a waterproof design you can use anywhere.
9. Foot Pumice Stone (Pack of 4)
These stones are made with high-quality pumice that’s anti-bacterial, environmentally-friendly and each one has two different levels of course-ness on either side to suit any type of calloused feet. They’re lightweight yet powerful against tough skin and great for exfoliating, removing dead skin and leaving your feet soft, smooth and healthy. Each stone fits into the palm of your hand for easy use and this pack also happens to be quite affordable at less than $8.00 for all four of them.
10. Rechargeable PediVac Electric Foot File
This PediVac takes foot filing to the next level as a rechargeable bulb you can use to sand down any rough areas on your toes, heel or bottom of your foot. This baby packs 2,000 RPMs of power in it and the nano-abrasion head rotates at a very high speed for removing dead skin from your feet. It works for 40-60 minutes on one charge and offers two different removal speeds depending on your preference. It contains a vacuum for sucking up the particles it collects and the buffer and diamond pads used for scrubbing are easy to replace.
11. ZIZZON Foot Care Pedicure Callus Shaver
This callus product looks and feels like a razor in your hand but instead of removing hair it’s all about removing those hardened skin patches on your foot you’d rather weren’t there. It’s made of polished stainless steel and has a solid wooden handle with a comfortable grip for smooth, manual control as you remove calluses. It has a removable head design that makes it easy to change the blade, and the 0.5mm gap precision makes removing your calluses easy and safe at the same time.
12. Maccibelle Callus Remover Liquid
This fast-acting callus eliminator liquid breaks down tough, callused skin quickly, as little as 30-45 seconds. The easy-to-squeeze dispenser bottle makes it convenient to use and apply. Simply soak your feet in warm water for five minutes, apply the liquid to the desired spots, remove the dead skin with a pumice stone or other device, and then wash with soap and water. This liquid works great when combined with another product on this list, and can be used over the course of a few rounds until the desired results are achieved.