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Old 05-21-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
 
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I have always had terrible problems with thick calluses on my feet. Applying moisturizer daily doesn't help. I usually resort to slicing them off with a callus blade ever month or so, but I have really injured myself badly a few times doing that. I heard about soaking feet in white vinegar and listerine and tried it.

OMFG...it works! It took several soaks, because my calluses were pretty bad, but it softened them and seemed to actually eat them up. I soaked several days in a row for an hour (easy to do...just put the basin under my desk while I computed), then washed/scrubbed and applied moisturizer. After about 4-5 soaks, I have baby feet now.

Listerine and white vinegar, half/half. I used a small basin with about a cup of each. I just re-used the same liquid each time. I'll probably continue to soak a couple times a week to maintain. I use regular amber-colored Listerine (or store-brand knock-off). Don't use the blue Listerine...unless you want smurf feet.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
 
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I've had the same trouble since high school until I started using Flexitol heel cream a few years ago. It has a very high urea content, and as long as I use it a few nights a week, it keeps them in good shape without any filing, shaving, etc.

Still, I may give your soak a try and see if it might also help with a persistent toenail fungus I haven't been able to clear up - kill two birds with one stone maybe.

I'll still probably follow with Flexitol as my moisturizer. A tube of it's $9-11, depending on where you get it, but it lasts me a surprisingly long time.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:15 PM   #3
 
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I'll suggest this to DH -- he has horrible callouses on the back if his feet.
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I wonder if this would work on corns too. I desperately want to wear open toe shoes.

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Interesting! I've had excellent results with Amlactin, available in any big drugstore.
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Thanks for the info! Sounds like a cheap and easy remedy.
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Thanks I am going to give this a try my feet need help!

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I have always had terrible problems with thick calluses on my feet. Applying moisturizer daily doesn't help. I usually resort to slicing them off with a callus blade ever month or so, but I have really injured myself badly a few times doing that. I heard about soaking feet in white vinegar and listerine and tried it.

OMFG...it works! It took several soaks, because my calluses were pretty bad, but it softened them and seemed to actually eat them up. I soaked several days in a row for an hour (easy to do...just put the basin under my desk while I computed), then washed/scrubbed and applied moisturizer. After about 4-5 soaks, I have baby feet now.

Listerine and white vinegar, half/half. I used a small basin with about a cup of each. I just re-used the same liquid each time. I'll probably continue to soak a couple times a week to maintain. I use regular amber-colored Listerine (or store-brand knock-off). Don't use the blue Listerine...unless you want smurf feet.
Just one question......does this mean you've experimented the "smurf feet".

Just kidding! I will definitely try this! Thank you!
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I have always had terrible problems with thick calluses on my feet. Applying moisturizer daily doesn't help. I usually resort to slicing them off with a callus blade ever month or so, but I have really injured myself badly a few times doing that. I heard about soaking feet in white vinegar and listerine and tried it.

OMFG...it works! It took several soaks, because my calluses were pretty bad, but it softened them and seemed to actually eat them up. I soaked several days in a row for an hour (easy to do...just put the basin under my desk while I computed), then washed/scrubbed and applied moisturizer. After about 4-5 soaks, I have baby feet now.

Listerine and white vinegar, half/half. I used a small basin with about a cup of each. I just re-used the same liquid each time. I'll probably continue to soak a couple times a week to maintain. I use regular amber-colored Listerine (or store-brand knock-off). Don't use the blue Listerine...unless you want smurf feet.
Just one question......does this mean you've experimented the "smurf feet".

Just kidding! I will definitely try this! Thank you!

Yes. It washed off, but still unpleasant looking.
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I have always had terrible problems with thick calluses on my feet. Applying moisturizer daily doesn't help. I usually resort to slicing them off with a callus blade ever month or so, but I have really injured myself badly a few times doing that. I heard about soaking feet in white vinegar and listerine and tried it.

OMFG...it works! It took several soaks, because my calluses were pretty bad, but it softened them and seemed to actually eat them up. I soaked several days in a row for an hour (easy to do...just put the basin under my desk while I computed), then washed/scrubbed and applied moisturizer. After about 4-5 soaks, I have baby feet now.

Listerine and white vinegar, half/half. I used a small basin with about a cup of each. I just re-used the same liquid each time. I'll probably continue to soak a couple times a week to maintain. I use regular amber-colored Listerine (or store-brand knock-off). Don't use the blue Listerine...unless you want smurf feet.
Just one question......does this mean you've experimented the "smurf feet".

Just kidding! I will definitely try this! Thank you!

Yes. It washed off, but still unpleasant looking.

Oh my! Glad it washed off!
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I'm so trying this!
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:23 AM   #12
 
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Wanted to bump this thread and say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, RCW! I've always had issues with my right foot--fungus nails and terrible heel cracking. Have taken medication for MONTHS, use prescription antifungal, etc. Get frequent pedicures where they've used the blade to slice of the thick layers of dead skin (which is illegal, but most of us with these issues want it done.)

I started the foot soak when this thread started. Also bought the Flexitol Heel Balm (I think that's what it's called.) My foot has never been better. Looks like it belongs to a normal person. Originally, I did it every day. Now, I'm down to about twice a week. Heel hasn't cracked all summer.

The soak seems to soften the skin. Makes it easy to use a pedicure file to remove it when wet in the shower. Don't even need the Ped Egg anymore.

The woman who does my pedicures used a sugar scrub because my skin was so dry. I had some at home and started to do it. I also looked up recipes on the internet and made my own. It's also good for other skin on your body. My left arm gets dry and flaky from having the window down on nice days. Really helps to take care of that.

Now, I can't wait to see how I do in the winter when the air is dry. In the summer, I think it's wearing my Dr. Scholl's all of the time that does it.
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Unfortunately, my feet laugh at this.
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I had forgotten about it and still haven't tried it, but Kathymack's results tell me to DO it, especially the fungus part.

KM, in the winter I use the Flexitol and wear socks to bed, and they still stay soft, smooth, and uncracked. FYI, I recently picked up a tube of Flexitol Diabetic Foot Cream instead because I needed some and they were out of the heel cream. Can tell no difference, and it was >$1 cheaper.
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I had forgotten about it and still haven't tried it, but Kathymack's results tell me to DO it, especially the fungus part.

KM, in the winter I use the Flexitol and wear socks to bed, and they still stay soft, smooth, and uncracked. FYI, I recently picked up a tube of Flexitol Diabetic Foot Cream instead because I needed some and they were out of the heel cream. Can tell no difference, and it was >$1 cheaper.
I just ordered a two pack on Amazon. Got some other things so it was free shipping--I want to say that two 4 oz tubes were less than $18.
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Good price. I order from Amazon enough that I may just start getting there and not have to go hunting for it like I have had to from time to time.

Just in case anyone thinks of trying a store brand instead, CVS supposed equivalent does NOT compare. Can't speak to any others as I haven't tried them.

RCW, have you ever tried a store brand version instead of Listerine? Of course, reusing it, it probably isn't that costly anyway, but how long can you do that?
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Good price. I order from Amazon enough that I may just start getting there and not have to go hunting for it like I have had to from time to time.

Just in case anyone thinks of trying a store brand instead, CVS supposed equivalent does NOT compare. Can't speak to any others as I haven't tried them.

RCW, have you ever tried a store brand version instead of Listerine? Of course, reusing it, it probably isn't that costly anyway, but how long can you do that?
I've only used the generic mouthwash. It's worked wonders for me. Can't imagine that the name brand would be better.
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My feet aren't too bad since I have regular pedis and treat them in my bath each night, but I want baby skin... I went to the drugstore and bought the Listerine and white vinegar. I'll be soaking my feet tonite.
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I'll have to try this too. I have had issues since my foot surgeries. They basically removed the pad of one foot and extra bones from each of my big toes (something common in birds. lol) My skin has been very thick in those places since it healed, and I had a good deal of nerve damage. The pad is basically nothing more than thick skin. I normally use the stuff that is As Seen on TV... Oh, hold on and I'll look. It's really good and will remove a thick callus on it's own in just a few days. Heel Tastic! It's great, and contains many natural oils, but my surgery sites can be more stubborn in the colder months. It can also cause swelling and pain, but no where near as bad as it used to be. As kooky as it sounds (and I thought it quite kooky), I had energy healing done on my feet by a friend. I could feel the heat and pain leaving my feet, and did not have problems for 10 years after. It's time for another round, along with vinegar and mouth wash.
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Anybody ever tried the emjoi callus remover? I've seen it on QVC (my vice) a million times and wondered if it worked.

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