Along with the Christmas lights, turkey, fireworks, and gifts come the frigid cold temperatures of the winter season. This is when the concept "out of sight, out of mind' play a major role in our daily regimen. It is during this season, that most individuals neglect their feet with no concern for their appearance. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In reality, this neglect could leave your feet dry, dull, and appearing rough from callus...and potentially cause a fungus.
What is Callus?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that form as a result of friction or pressure on the skin. Often times, Calluses can be removed improperly. Not only is this unsafe, but it results in the regrowth of thicker callus. Calluses can develop naturally to help protect the skin underneath them, when removed improperly.
How to Properly Treat Callus
1. Soak the callus is warm water. An herbal detox soak, available at Mani's & Pedi's, can aid in the soaking process.
2. Have the callus filed gently with a pumice stone (Recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology).
3. Be careful not to take off too much skin: Doing so could cause bleeding and infection. This is why certain tools and implements can be dangerous to the overall well-being of the foot.
4. Moisturize daily. Look for a moisturizing lotion or cream with salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, or urea. These ingredients will help gradually soften calluses.
5. Add pedicures to your monthly regimen. At Mani's & Pedi's, we offer an Intensive Callus Treatment that naturally removes dead skin for instant results. To properly remove callus, regular maintenance is needed to heal.
6. At home, add several drops of cuticle oil on a coarse fingernail file (similar to the one provided after every Mani's & Pedi's service), and file over the callus. This will help keep the feet soft between pedicures. The moisturizers in the cuticle oil rehydrate and replenish the callus. Buffing the oil into the callus aids in removing the dead skin.
Lastly, if suffering from cracked heels, they could be the result of:
Remember, pedicures are more than making your feet pretty. It's about taking care of your feet, ensuring your foot's health. Healthy feet mean less trauma on the foot. Healthy feet mean you walk better, improving your circulation. It’s particularly important for people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes. Our skin is the largest organ in the body so when it’s compromised, we open ourselves up to the risk of infection and disease.