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How to Use a Pumice StoneWhether you fancy live music, fine dining, mesmerizing museums, cheap family fun, or a nice relaxing walk or bike ride, there’s always plenty to explore here in the Bay Area. After a long day on your feet—say, walking the beautiful Bay Trail through from Hayward to Marina Park in San Leandro—who can say no to a little at-home spa treatment? A pumice stone may be just what you need, if you’re dealing with unsightly calluses or corns from all that walking about.

It’s a great tool for smoothing and removing dead skin, which not only improves the aesthetics of a weathered foot but can also reduce pain and discomfort in the affected area. Like any tool, though, it can be damaging if used inappropriately.

First, soak your wheels in warm and soapy water for at least five minutes. Once your tootsies are nice and soft, take your stone and gently rub the affected areas for two or three minutes. Circular motion with light pressure is best. You definitely don’t want to be too aggressive here—if you take off too much skin you can wear away your foot’s natural defenses, causing bleeding and inviting infection. You’re not trying to sand off the entire bottom of your foot!

When you’re done, gently pat dry with a soft towel. Don’t rub—your skin is still sensitive. Once dry, massage your foot using a moisturizer. Rinse your pumice stone thoroughly after each use.

Never use a pumice stone on sore, reddened skin, especially if there is an open wound. That’s practically asking for an infection. Furthermore, if you experience numbness or have circulatory issues in your feet, which is common among those with diabetes or neuropathy, you should check with the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay first. Decreased sensitivity in your feet can lead to accidental damage and infection without you even realizing it.

For more tips about general foot care—or to schedule an appointment or evaluation for any foot or ankle issues you might be having—call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. You can reach us at one of our three convenient East Bay, CA, locations: San Leandro, (510) 483-3390; Pleasanton, (925) 425-9684; or Los Gatos, (408) 356-6767.

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