Pumice stones can be a great tool when used properly. Read on as we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly about safely removing your calluses.
Pumice stones are safe because they aren't sharp.
MYTH. Don't fool yourself! Even though they aren't sharp I have actually had patients cause a sore from over pumicing. Exercise caution and err on the side of too little.
Everyone can use a pumice.
MYTH. People with diabetes, poor circulation, thin skin, on blood thinners, inability to feel their feet, and other health conditions should NEVER use a pumice stone. Check with your podiatrist to see if it is safe for you.
Pumice stones can harbor bacteria.
FACT. Your pumice stone needs to be thoroughly cleaned and soaked in an antibacterial solution 1-2 times per week to be sure that you are not growing a little colony...YUCK!!
Pumice stones should be disposed of after 1 month.
FACT. Buy a small pumice stone. They have nooks and crannies where colonies of fungus or bacteria form and are difficult to reach. We have nice ones at our office that are only $5 perfect for tossing so you aren't scrubbing your skin with one that is home to a fungal family.
Pumice stones can make your calluses worse.
FACT. While often they reduce the hard skin and make your feet smoother, sometimes it can go the other way and cause trauma to your skin. When the skin is traumatized, it may produce more callus tissue.
At Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic we have a mini pumi bar that can be discarded after a few uses. Stop in and see us today!