When it comes to building your own picnic table, you certainly don’t want to miss any of the steps! Obviously, you have to secure the supports and reinforce the base for stability, but you also need to smooth out any rough spots with sandpaper. In a similar manner, a pumice stone can be used to smooth out rough spots on your skin. When you adopt this approach to tackling calluses, though, be sure that you do it correctly!
Your body develops calluses to protect itself in areas that receive frequent pressure or friction, like those found on your feet. Left to their own devices, these patches of skin are fairly harmless. When they do cause pain or force you to adapt an unnatural gait—or especially if you live with diabetes—you will likely want to take care of them. A tool that is valuable in helping with this is a pumice stone.
Before we begin discussing how to properly use a pumice stone, we have to note that our office strongly advises diabetic individuals not to attempt this at home. We do not want you to put yourself at unnecessary risk for an infection that could become quite serious. It is simply not worth it when you could simply give us a call and let our foot specialists handle it for you.
To effectively use a pumice stone:
- Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for five to ten minutes first to soften your skin.
- Dip your pumice stone into the water and then gently begin rubbing rough areas of skin. Keep the pressure light—“gently” is a key word for this process!—and use circular motions.
- Rinse your feet thoroughly.
- Gently pat your feet dry with a soft towel.
- Massage a thick cream moisturizer or vitamin E oil into your feet, especially treated areas.
- Finish by rinsing off your pumice stone under clear, running water and storing it in a dry location.
Our caring staff here at Richardson Podiatry Associates always looks forward to providing effective care for any foot or ankle condition that causes you pain or problems. If you would like additional information on safely treating a callus or, better yet, want it safely handled by a skilled professional, contact us today. Give our Richardson, TX office a call at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request your appointment.