Okay, I know you have calluses that sometimes can be so painful! What’s worse is that they grow and cause you more pain! This can be easily and safely fixed, though. There are several things which you can do without having to go to the podiatrist.
Good, old-fashioned knife. You’ll need an exacto knife or a high quality, sharp knife for this. Make sure it is sharp enough, so that you don’t injure yourself. You’ll also need a very bright light, preferably mixed with some bright, natural light so that you can have the best idea of how things are shaped. Keep in mind that just because the surface of the callus is smooth, underneath may be undulating or shaped in any form possible. So work slowly, carefully and over each curve so that you don’t run into a nerve. Severing a nerve is a good way to be in a lot of pain for a long period of time.
Pumice stone. You’ll need a high-abrasion pumice stone for this. You’ll wear down the stone almost as fast as you’ll wear down the callus. I can not handle this, simply because this is the only place on my body where I’m ticklish! It’s not under my arms or anywhere else, and if you stroke the bottom of my feet, it does nothing. But scratching the bottom of my feet is one of the ways to get me to do anything so that you’ll stop! It’s one of my biggest secrets. Shhh, don’t tell.
Bare feet. Your feet were designed to “grip” the ground and things on the ground, many like hands do. No matter how natural or high-tech your running shoes are, they are not designed for your natural, pedal purposes. Going bare foot helps your feet to grip the ground and takes away the need for developing calluses. In fact, if calluses do develop, it will be a thin, even layer across the entire foot, which is not felt at all. I used to go barefoot on snow, and the following summer, I had such a nice, even layer of callus that I was walking over small shards of glass without even being aware of it.
Detoxing. One of the more rare reasons why your feet develop painful calluses in specific places is to get rid of something. Your body is pushing it out of the bottom of your feet so, in order to prevent infection, your body forms a callus. Keep your feet aired out and dry at all times. Make sure they get plenty of sunshine and bare foot exercise on grass or dirt. Also, be sure to get huge amounts of water and sleep so that, if there is anything to detoxify, your system is more likely to detoxify in other ways than by pushing stuff out of your feet.
Calluses are a pain, of course, but there are simple ways of dealing with them. Understand why they are forming and you will be better able to prevent further occurrences in the future!