Calluses and Corns: Using Pumice Stones

Calluses and Corns: Using Pumice Stones

Calluses and Corns: Using Pumice Stones

Topic Overview

A pumice stone can be used to remove the dead skin from a callus or corn . Reducing the size of the callus or corn may result in less pressure or friction and less pain.

  • Soak your foot or other affected area in warm, soapy water for 5 minutes or until the skin softens.
  • Wet the pumice stone.
  • Rub the pumice stone on the wet callus or corn with light to medium pressure for 2 to 3 minutes. This will remove dead skin.

Use the stone daily, and rinse the stone after each use.

Be careful when using a pumice stone. If you take off too much skin and go too deep, it can result in bleeding and infection.

If you have diabetes , peripheral arterial disease , peripheral neuropathy , or other conditions that cause circulatory problems or numbness, consult your doctor before trying any treatment for calluses or corns.

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Current as of: October 30, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Barry L. Scurran, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery

Gavin W. G. Chalmers, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery