Callous Help

Woo hoo nothing like a little TMI on this TGIF!

As most people know, runners’ feet are not the prettiest.  They’re often rough, crackled, or even covered in nice little blisters or callouses.  My feet are no different.  Pair that with their size (11!) and let’s just say that my feet are not my best feature.

That’s the way the cookie crumbles for athletes. We put up with aches and pains and not-so-pretty features because, hey, we work hard.

Now, it’s no secret that I like to run. Like, it gets me uber excited.

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But yesterday as I was pounding the pavement I started to feel a pain in my big toe.  When I got home I took a look and I have callouses on the side of my big toe as well as on the ball of my foot.  They’ve been around for awhile but they’ve never hurt until today.  Now, there are plenty of ways to treat this.  My first thought was YES an excuse to get a pedicure! But then I realized there are 600 things I’d rather pay $30 for than having someone touch my feet. So I turned to google.

After looking up lots of at-home solutions, I found one that seemed easy enough–and it worked! My feet are a lot smoother and the pain on my big toe has gone away.

So here’s a simple way to help your calloused feet:

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Mix 6 tablespoons of baking soda into a large bucket of very warm water.  If you don’t have a bucket feel free to use anything you can fit your feet into–just make sure to wash it well afterwards 😉 Soak your feet in the water for 15 minutes and then dry with a clean towel.  Use the Ped Egg ($10 at Walgreens and very worth it) and in short, fast strokes rub each callous back and forth for about 5 minutes on each troubled spot, or as long as the skin still feels warm and soft. When you’re done, make sure to wipe your feet again with a clean towel to make sure they’re completely dry.

I hope you runners out there can use this tip! It definitely helped me and it was a lot cheaper than a pedicure!

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