A woman uses an electric roller file on her calluses

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Work your hands or feet enough and getting calluses is inevitable. Now that I’m a weight lifter, I have Calluses on my palms and fingers; When I played roller derby, I had them in certain places on my feet. The usual advice – gently rubbing your calluses with a pumice stone or an abrasive cloth – is completely inadequate for severe calluses.

Because of this, I’m a huge fan of two specific types of tools, each slightly more specialized than what you might find in the skin care department of your local store, and each immensely more suitable for treating severe calluses.

Why you need a corneal file

Your first stop on the way to smoother, less injury-prone hands and feet is a foot file, also known as a corneal rasp. To be clear, you’re not looking for something that works with sandpaper or pumice stone; You want a metal tool. It should look like a cheese grater.

In fact, it looks like a cheese grater that it is made by Microplane. I have one of their foot files and it looks almost exactly like the one I use for lemon peel. Fortunately, it’s a different color than what we have in the kitchen, which helps me break it up more easily as a personal care tool rather than a cheese grater for my feet. (They even call it a “foot grater” on their website. I’m so sorry.)

If you’re not ready for microplane foot rails, like a lighter callus file This one here will also blow pumice stones or emery boards out of the water. I’ve heard good things about them too PedEieven though I’ve never used one myself.

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Why you need an electric corneal grinder

Do you already have a corneal file, but need to go one step further? I recently got an electric corneal grinder and I’m kicking myself for not buying one earlier in my lifting career.

This is the model that I have. It is battery operated and is charged via USB. It has removable heads so you can choose coarser or finer grits. Most importantly, it can grind through a hard callus in minutes instead of requiring countless post-bath sessions with a file.

If the calluses are not on the feet but on the hands, there is another advantage: the sanding surface is small enough to also work on the calluses at the base of the ankles, the ones with a large one. hard to reach, flat file in microplane style.

As we mentioned in ours earlier Instructions on how to deal with lifting calluses, it is safe, and even preferable, to sand off any crusty skin that you can handle. If the tools you were using made it difficult to keep the problem under control, try a callus file or an electric callus remover.