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A 4-Step Doctor-Approved Way to Treat Calluses at Home

Having calluses on your feet and other parts of your body is normal. They might keep you from confidently rocking your favorite sandals but most of the time, calluses are painless and harmless. But If they’re left untreated, they can become painful. 


At Silver Spun® Goods we’re committed to helping you boost your foot health. That’s why we’re knitting the healthiest socks you’ll ever wear. We’re also sharing informational blogs to help you care for your feet the right way. 

In this blog, we’re covering everything you need to know about calluses and the most effective way to treat your calluses at home—podiatrist-approved! If your calluses are painful, don’t treat them yourself. Instead, make an appointment with your podiatrist. 

What Are Calluses? 

Calluses are thick, hard patches of built-up skin. More often than not, calluses show up on your heels and the outside of your big toes. They can look like dry skin but with a yellowish-red color and if you touch them, you can feel how the texture is different. 

Calluses aren’t necessarily bad—but if they crack and get too thick, they can be painful. They’re there to protect your bones from pressure in certain areas of your body. Having calluses is perfectly normal, but to keep your feet in great shape, you don’t want to let them build up too much.

What is Causing Calluses on Your Heels?

First, rest assured that calluses on your heels and other parts of your feet and body are extremely common. Virtually everyone has them. 

Most of the time, calluses grow because of repeated pressure and friction—which your feet probably experience a lot. If your shoes aren’t the right fit for you, that might be the cause for calluses showing up over and over again. 

High heels could also be a cause of calluses on your heels. Make sure to give your feet a break from high heels—especially if they’re uncomfortable. If you need to wear them for a long time, switch between heels and low-heeled shoes to give your feet a rest.

How Can You Prevent Calluses from Forming? 

Although calluses are normal and they don’t need to be treated (unless they’re painful), some people don’t like the way they look. 

These are a few things you can do to  prevent calluses: 

  • Make foot care a priority. Caring for your feet is key to keeping them in great shape. Getting pedicures regularly is a great way to keep them healthy (home pedicures work too!).
  • Use foot cream regularly. This is key for keeping your foot’s skin from drying. Not only does foot cream prevent calluses but also keeps your feet looking good + healthy!
  • Wear comfy shoes.  If you can’t wiggle your toes, your shoes are too tight and this pressure causes calluses. Wear comfy shoes or add extra cushion to the insoles of your shoes.
    • Don’t wear tight socks.  Just like tight shoes cause calluses, tight socks do too! Make sure to wear socks that fit you right and are made with fabrics that support foot health. Check out our SilverSpun® socks here—the healthiest socks you’ll ever wear with the added bonus of the toe seam on the outside to prevent chaffing on the inside.

    The Most Effective Homemade Foot Soak for Calluses

    Calluses are hardened layers of skin that grow from the constant pressure and friction your feet are exposed to. And if you don’t treat them promptly, they grow, giving your feet a dry, cracked look. Plus, they can be very painful. 

    But don’t worry because we have the best remedy for calluses. This remedy comes from the book “My Feet Are Killing Me” by Dr. Suzanne M. Levine. Before writing this blog, we gave this calluses recipe a try and  it really works.  

    If you’re in need of a healthy feet refresh—try this. Here’s what you’ll need: 

    • 6 aspirin tablets (not coated)
    • 1 tablespoon of water
    • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 
    • A warm towel or your SilverSpun® socks (they’re naturally warming!) 
    • A recycled plastic bag to wrap your feet in (we used two newspaper bags).
    • A pumice stone 


    1. Crush the aspirin tablets into powder and mix with the water and the lemon juice to create a paste. 
    2. Apply the mixture where the calluses or hardened skin is. 
    3. Wrap your foot in the recycled plastic bag and cover it with the warm towel or put your SilverSpun® socks on. Then, relax for 10 to 15 minutes. The warmth of your SilverSpun® socks helps the paste penetrate through the hardened skin. 
    4. When the 10 minutes are up, remove the towel/socks, the plastic bag, and scrub your feet with either a pumice stone or a foot scrub. The dead skin should easily come off. 

    After you’re done, apply a hydrating foot cream and enjoy healthy-looking feet. If you’re in need of a natural + nourishing foot scrub and cream for your feet, we’ve got you covered. 

    Our new Pampering Foot Care Kit gives you the perfect tools for an ultimate foot-care experience. With the new bundle, you get  a pair of SilverSpun® footies to keep your feet healthy and stink-free, a foot scrub to exfoliate your skin, and foot cream to hydrate your feet’s skin!

    Check out our foot care kit here. 

    Stink-Free Socks That Boost Your Foot Health 

    SilverSpun® yarn is what makes our socks special. And what gives your feet the most amazing health benefits. Silver is antibacterial and antimicrobial. When you wear it on your feet, it keeps them stink-free! But that’s not the only benefit. 

    SilverSpun® socks regulate your foot’s temperature. They conduct heat, meaning that they keep your feet from overheating— avoiding sweat, bacteria (and of course, funky smells).

    They’re the healthiest (and softest) socks you’ll ever wear. 

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