The outer edge of your foot is a common place to get corns. Your pinky toe area is also very susceptible.
This is because the entire area is flexible and is exposed to a ton of pressure when you walk.
In this corn removal, I take out a corn a few cm's under the pinkie toe. It was nice and dry and popped out easily.
It wasn't hugely painful at this stage but would have been in a few weeks.
This foot corn was probably just on the edge of home treatment. You'd have to be dedicated, however.
You'd need some Gehwol Fusskraft and a good file!
Scholl Cracked Heel Balm Review (It's Too Watery!)
Good 'ol Dr. Scholl's canary blue boxes grace many supermarket foot care shelves.
After the risible performance of the Scholl Velvet Smooth foot file, I decided to try this.
So, this Scholl's Cracked Heel Balm review:
To be fair, you're meant to apply this every day for weeks.
(Not a 10-minute "one and done" with a foot file and scalpel)
That said, here's my impressions:
Now, cracks in your heel are technically known as fissures. They're caused when dry skin and friction collide.
Your heel skin is preordained to get thick. It needs a cream with higher-than-normal Urea content to really work in.
(Gehwol Fusskraft Blue is infinitely better)
Anyway, the Takeaway...
Would I use Scholl Cracked Heel Balm on my patients? No.
To be fair, you're meant to apply this every day for weeks. (Definitely not a 10-minute one and done with a foot file)
Would I use it if it was the only thing left on the shelf and I was going to a BBQ with the town mayor with 20 mins to spare?
Have you ever wanted to ask a Podiatrist (a question)?
Most calls I get center around one of a few conditions: fungal nail infections, corns and ingrowing toenails.
Coming to think of it, most emails too!
Anyways, as part of a new feature I'm going to post queries I get via email.
I will of course ensure these remain anonymous.
(I'll also edit for clarity)
Here we have an almost perfect example of a pinky-toe corn.
An early one. One before it's dug really deep. In other words, one that is probably home treatable.
(To be fair that's why this corn removal was so easy, I had to slow the video down)
I carved it out one-handed (my Go-Pro is metaphorically in the post), so please forgive any jitters.
First off, I wanna apologize for the weird change in lighting half way through.
I'm still new to this and am getting a Go Pro soon (instead of using my phone).
Plus, I'm doing this scalpel work one handed lol.
Anyways, this was a long-standing hard corn on a elderly patient's heel. It had a thick layer of dome-like skin callus on top - almost like a cap.
I had to be very careful with this as too much force, too fast, and you're risking a skin tear or worse.
This had to come off first as I wouldn't be able to tell where the actual corn began. It was probably as much this hard skin as the foot corn causing pain in this case.
There was so much pressure on her heel on a regular basis that you had a double whammy. A corn growing in and hard skin growing out.
In this foot skin shaving video, I went in dry. So to speak.
In other words, I went straight scalpel to skin. Without foot cream on first (my preferred method).
As I've said before, dry heel skin scalpel removal makes bigger chunks of skin fly off (great for video if you're into that sort of thing).
The downside: it's a lot easier to take too much off or get an uneven finish.
The type of scalpel planing blade I use is a Number 10.
Foot cream I used was Gehwol Fusskraft Blue. The foot file I recommend.
After a summer full of hiking, look what we have here.
A corn right on the back of my heel.
You can stop this before you have to cut it out. If you find yourself with one, do the following:
Apply Gehwol Fusskraft Blue over several days. A big healthy thumb full and let it sit each night undisturbed.
After about three days, do the above and grab a trusty foot file, like this one.
Nimbly file away until the rough yellow stuff goes — and before the bleeding starts!
Well lookee here. This Dr. Scholl Velvet Smooth Foot File review dissects its pros and cons.
Now, I'm a bit biased because I use top-end Podiatry drills.
(I also use better cracked heel creams than Scholl's heel balm)
In comparison, they're much more powerful. I can also use a scalpel.
But, I also have an expert understanding. I know what it takes to really rasp away ugly heel skin.
So, without further ado, let's get stuck into this review of the Scholl Velvet Smooth electric file!
Close-Up Foot Skin Removal With a Scalpel - Toe Pinch Callus and Heel Medi Ped
Yep, I'm back again.
In this video, I scalpel blade my annoying big toe pinch callus and scrape my hard heel skin away.
I always use good foot cream when blade scraping.
It allows me to feel for lumps and bumps and glide over the skin's surface.
(I use Gehwol Fusskraft Blue in this video)
Here I am again finishing off my notorious right heel with a scalpel, foot file and urea cream.
As I mentioned in my previous video, I get thicker callus here than on my left. It also comes back faster.
This happens because my right foot hits the ground harder than on my left.
Inside of my shoe, it gets churned and turned against the insoles I wear.
I find I always get a ridge of hard skin on the outside of my heel that's denser than the rest.
So it had to go!
Change is as good as a rest, as the old saying goes.
I decided to change up the blog format and post a video — featuring none other than yours truly!
Yes, even professional foot pros get foot problems.
(Second video is here)
The two that afflict me, pinch callus and dry heels, are there for the long haul.