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With this 6-minute care program, your feet can look good again in spring. There are also tips on what helps against calluses and calluses - and what speaks against pumice stone and callus planers.

Status: April 13, 2021

First some good news: The areas of skin that look whitish and scaly have nothing to do with the cornea - they are just dead, dried cells of the epidermis, explains podiatrist Ruth Kouba, Chairwoman of the Bavarian Association of the German Podiatry Association ( ZFD). A beauty problem that can be dealt with quickly with a simple care program.

Fast care program for beautiful feet

  • A short foot bath (max. 1 minute) that is not too hot - because that also dries out the skin.
  • A gentle 5-minute peeling. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with enough sugar to make a porridge paste. Massage in until the sugar has dissolved, then absorb with a damp cloth.
  • Cream your feet with a rich foot cream.

Regular care and good shoes - you are on good terms

Correct calluses, on the other hand, are angular, calloused and hard. A thickening of the epidermis that the body produces in response to constant pressure - for example from poorly fitting shoes - and to constant friction. And by the way, he does that all the more when we slip barefoot into our sandals and slippers again in spring.

However, depending on how thick this armor is, you should be careful with self-experiments. In the case of large, painful calluses, you should visit a specialist once, advises podiatrist Kouba, and then - with the above-described program, for example - you should follow up and take care of yourself.

How do I permanently remove calluses?

If the cornea is not yet too thick, special corneal care creams can also help, as Stiftung Warentest found in a test. And by the way, cheap creams also did well. You should pay attention to these ingredients when buying:

  • Fruit acids such as citric acid
  • Urea
  • Lactic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Lemon extract

How to use the calliper or pumice stone?

Even if most of us have a specimen in the bathroom, the pumice stone should only be handled carefully on the feet: for a small callous skin on the big toe, which is carefully removed and then creamed, it is a good product of choice. However, if you regularly work on your heel edges longer and intensively, you have exactly the opposite effect: The pressure and friction of the pumice stone really stimulates the production of calluses and thus "you really grow your calluses," explains Ruth Kouba. In their opinion, the same danger exists with foot care sets such as those offered by discounters over and over again.

Why not cut off the cornea?

The podiatrist completely advises against using a corneal plane in private areas, as the risk of deep cuts is too great. In the case of additional pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, these heal extremely difficult, but often prove to be tedious and annoying even in healthy people.

How can you prevent calluses on the feet?

Prevention is better than any lengthy treatment. The most important advice of the podiatrist is "that you put cream, cream, cream". All year round, not just in spring and summer.

"You can compare that to expensive shoes: if you don't care for and protect them over the long term, they will become brittle and cracked."

Ruth Kouba, 1st chairwoman of the Bavarian regional association at the German Podiatry Association (ZFD)

Does Listerine actually help as a pedicure agent?

A secret recipe for beautiful feet has been circulating on Pinterest for some time: foot baths with (the mouthwash) Listerine, which are supposed to make the feet wonderfully soft.

Recipe for foot bath with Listerine:

  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of Listerine
  • 2 cups of warm water

Many users report a pleasant feeling during the 30-minute foot bath. The feet are then rubbed off, rubbed in and then soft as a baby. The recipe actually works. Why, becomes clear when you look at the ingredients and their effects: Fruit acids such as citric acid and vinegar are mild acids that have a keratolytic effect, i.e. they loosen keratinized skin cells.

What to do when the callus turns into a corn

Corns are better removed by a professional, a podiatrist

Pressure, friction and a permanent deformity of individual joints in the foot - these are the factors that lead to the formation of a corn. Often a blister forms first, then a cornea forms. "Then horn cells migrate into the depths, and at some point they hit a nerve," explains podiatrist Ruth Kouba. The sharp pain is characteristic of corns. Many then first resort to corn plasters from the drugstore or pharmacy.

Not always with success, however, as the plaster usually does not work deep enough for a real corn. If the plaster is also not placed exactly over the corn, there is a very high risk that the surrounding, healthy areas of skin will be damaged by the acidic ingredients of the plaster. If you want to save yourself potential suffering, the corn can be removed by a specialist. However, several treatments are usually necessary for this, as corns are usually very stubborn. And success is not guaranteed here either: In severe cases, permanent improvement can only be expected if the cause, such as a misalignment in the foot, is eliminated with the help of accompanying orthopedic measures.