Complete Guide to Callus Remover Tool

With our callus tools guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is a pumice stone and how do you remove a foot callus. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our callus remover tool page.

Callus Remover Tool FAQs

What is a pumice stone?

A pumice stone is a popular foot care tool that is formed when volcanic lava and water mix together. As the pumice stone boasts a light but abrasive texture, it is often used to soften and exfoliate away dry and dead skin, particularly foot corns and calluses. As the pumice stone helps to smooth rough areas of skin, it relieves any pain caused by friction when walking and prevents skin from hardening further. Pumice stones can also be used to remove unwanted hair.

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How do you remove a foot callus?

The first step to removing a callus or corn is to soak the affected foot in warm, soapy water. This will allow the callus to soften and makes it easier to remove thick and hardened skin. Once your skin has softened, you can then use tools such as a pumice stone, foot file, emery board or washcloth to exfoliate away the layer of tough skin. Follow up with a moisturizer or foot cream to keep the skin soft, and be sure to wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Foot calluses do not disappear immediately, so you may have to repeat the removal process over a period of time.

Other treatments for a foot callus include wearing protective pads that prevent the area from rubbing and hardening further, and patches that contain salicylic acid in order to break down the dead skin cells. Doctors may also trim the thickened skin with a large scalpel - this method is not advised for you to try at home.

What are the best foot files for calluses?

Foot files are a great tool when it comes to treating and removing calluses. They exfoliate, buff and slough off dead skin in a matter of minutes, and can be used from the comfort of your own home. The best foot files for calluses include those that are of surgical-grade and made from stainless steel. This is because they work best on both wet and dry feet and only a slight pressure is needed to shave off rough skin. Any wet and dry foot file that utilizes precision micro-files or a medium-to-coarse grit is also a great option for removing foot calluses.

Some of our favorite brands offering the best foot files include Magnitone, Margaret Dabbs and Hydréa London.

How do you use a pumice stone?

Before using a pumice stone, ensure that you have soaked the affected area of the body in warm water for at least five minutes. You should also dampen the pumice stone, as wet pumice stones glide across skin easier, provide better exfoliation and reduce the risk of abrasion, micro-tears and infection.

If you are using a pumice stone to treat feet, rub the stone over the callus, corn or rough area of skin with a light to medium pressure and a circular motion. You should do this for two to three minutes in order to remove dead and dry skin. Be careful not to take off too much skin or go too deep, as this can cause irritation and bleeding. Rinse your foot with clean water to wash away the dead skin cells.

Pumice stones can be used one to three times a week to maintain soft, smooth skin. You should wash and rinse the pumice stone thoroughly after each use.