“Oy….such a callus life!”
Foot calluses are quite common as the skin on the feet is subject to a great deal of pressure, especially from ill-fitted shoes, walking barefoot and uneven weight distribution.
Repeated pressure and friction on the skin will cause it to thicken into a callus.
If this thickening is aggravated by consistent pressure, the build-up of skin will sometimes lead to pain and discomfort. Burning sensations in the callus or congestion and swelling under it, indicate that it is irritating nerve endings (this may be a time to visit your friendly Podiatrist).
Not only are calluses the result of the fore mentioned above, but the Art of Foot Reflexology shows us that callusing may also be the result of an imbalance within the body.
If a part of the body is repeatedly under stress, reflex points on the feet begin to form a callus over the point as a means of protection – giving us a “stress clue.”
~About 7 years ago, I treated a friend of mine (who is a heavy cigarette smoker) to a reflexology session. As I worked on the balls of his feet (which includes the lung reflex point), I noticed that the skin was extremely thick and cracked (like an Armadillo). I had to use quite a bit of pressure to move over the reflex point.
~Another time I worked on a client who had a very high stress job, who complained of constant neck pain. I noticed that on the cervical reflex point – callusing had formed.
~I have had countless clients who complained of shoulder issues – they too had callusing on the correlating reflex point.
~On myself, I have noticed callusing and dry skin forming on the heels of my own feet. I occasionally experience issues with my lower back. In reflexology, the heel represents the lower back, tip of the spine, hip and pelvic areas of the body. So it makes sense to me – that callusing will form over the associated reflex point.
As someone who works on feet, I’ve come to the conclusion that callusing can be the result of several reasons; whether they form from footwear, weight distribution or an imbalance within the body – the important thing is to keep them down.
So let’s talk about De-Callusing our peddle-pushers!
~ They are usually made of plastic or wood. They contain sandpaper on either side (one is fine, the other is rough). You can purchase them inexpensively in any drug store.
I leave mine in the shower, so that every few days I can do a little “sanding” while the skin is soft and supple.
~ This is a thick paste that usually contains walnut shells or pumice (it comes in either a tube or jar). It can also be purchased inexpensively in a drug store.
I leave mine in the shower for the same reason mentioned above.
~ When time permits – fill a large basin with warm water and a half a cup of Epsom salts (this helps to soften hard calluses) – soak for 20 minutes.
You can also had 3- 4 drops of your favorite pure essential oil (for even distribution – be sure to add the oil to the Epsom salts first – before adding to the water).
This is a great time to do a little “paddle sanding.”
~ Do not…I repeat…do not attempted to remove all callusing on the first try. You must do this over a gradual period of time – as to not “fry” your feet.
Any callus that has been “long standing” must be removed slowly.
Be kind to your calluses as you say good-bye!
Leonado Da Vinci called the foot…“A Masterpiece of Engineering and a Work of Art”
So take good care of your precious “artwork”…by keeping them healthy and callus-free.
Trend lightly…and be well!
Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “The Art of Reflexology” – Inge Dougans/Suzanne Ellis