Sandpaper and Coconut Oil for Heels and Foot Calluses

By on May 28, 2014

sandpaper for heel callusesBoot season is over but before allowing others to see my feet I needed a serious pedicure. I haven’t had a pedicure all winter and the result is what you see on the before side of the picture above. Big, ugly calluses on the back of my heel. Due to the size of the calluses I decided to do an at home pedicure instead of wasting money on multiple trips to the spa.

Did Coconut Oil Work on My Heel Calluses?

I started with a foot soak made of warm water, three tablespoons of coconut oil, and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. My thought was that the coconut oil would soften and condition the calluses while the ACV would provide an anti-fungal property to keep balance in my feet. I let my feet soak in the mixture for 15 minutes. I took one foot out, dried it, and went to work with a pumice stone. I’m sad to report that coconut oil alone did absolutely nothing for my foot calluses. The callus was just too thick.

My husband and I started joking about sandpaper but then I thought why not? I used several different grains from his kit but we found that the 80 grit sandpaper worked best. The 80 grit took off chunks of dead skin. I scrubbed each heel callus for 10 minutes with the 80 grit sandpaper. After 10 minutes I started to feel the sandpaper a little bit which was a sign that I had worked through most of the dead skin. I swapped to a 120 grit sandpaper to smooth the area. I used the 120 grit sandpaper for about 3 minutes per foot. The result is as shown in the picture above. You can see that my foot is still a little bit dry but the callus is gone. I finished the treatment with a little extra coconut oil to moisturize my feet.

Sandpaper on Calluses – The Verdict

Would I recommend using sandpaper on calluses? I absolutely recommend this treatment. It would have taken multiple professional pedicures to get the same result. I also hate the idea of skin shaving. This seemed like a safer treatment and the result was much smoother than using a razor. I would not recommend this treatment for anyone with diabetes or conditions that impact your ability to feel your feet. Coconut Oil on the other hand is not effective against calluses. It was an excellent moisturizer and it helped neutralize some of the ACV smell but the sandpaper was the real winner of this treatment.

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