Have any of you experienced OP persons noticed if their feet are less dry and scratchy after OPing for several months? Mine (especially lg toe and heel on my right foot) are awful. I thought when I early-retired and was no longer on my feet 8 hours a day wearing safety shoes, the problem would go away, but I was wrong. I do use a pumice stone after my showers and during baths, but the callus just keeps coming back despite using lotions and oils on my feet. What causes this callus build-up anyway? Is it a fungus? Someone told me it;s a form of athelete's foot. Thanks for any help. Jax
OP seems to help with dry and cracked skin. My feet are definitely softer, as are my heels and elbows.
For your problem, I would strongly suggest castor oil. Get some wool socks. Liberally rub the castor oil on your feet, cover with the socks, and wear them around as long as possible. Get some cheap slippers to wear to keep them warm. Or double sock them.
This worked wonders for my girlfriend who had terrible problems with her feet. It took about 3 months for her to notice a major improvement.
For fungus, I would look into 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide, which you can either buy in a pet store, or on-line. It's not cheap though.
Thank you Molly, for the anecdotes and ideas for helping my callused feet. I'll get some castor oil and some food grade hydrogen peroxide. I think I have the fungus licked from epsome salts baths, but it has come back from the dead before, so I'll use the H202 for awhile as well. Jax in CO
I worked as a manicurist/pedicurist for about 3 years, so I know about calluses and fungus...
If you use a pumice stone or any callus remover on your feet every day that is WAY too much. The callus is there to protect your bones from pressure and if you constantly take off the tough skin and expose the new soft stuff the patches will come back with vengance every time. Moisturization is the only way to keep them away.
Also, the calluses can get worse with age. Poor circulation or diabetes can eventually lead to alot of keratinized skin...this hard, built up, compact skin that does not slough itself off.
I have been oil pulling for 2 months now and have noticed that while my skin is softer, rubbing the Olive-Oil or sunflower oil right in helps the best with my dry skin. I used the same oil on customers for soft feet. Rub oil on your skin and then cover your feet, hands, whatever with hot steamy towels!