How to Scrub with a Pumice Stone Correctly

A pumice stone looks kind of like a petrified sponge and not an immediate first choice of something you’d want to rub against your feet. Somewhere along the line of history, though, someone figured out that this porous, lightweight piece of hardened lava can leave your feet looking much softer and smoother than it does. Not only that, but the way it removes dead skin cells can also reduce the pressure and friction one experiences from a corn or callus. It can be a beneficial tool when used correctly, but it still takes a certain approach to use well, and should not be used by everyone.

First, it’s important to note that a pumice stone can damage the skin if not used correctly. If you have diabetes and/or poor circulation, the sensation in your feet may not be strong enough to detect this damage, which can lead to open sores and infection. Do not use a stone or similar treatments before first consulting with Dr. Kevin Powers.

If you’re cleared for pumice, here’s how to get the most out of the stone:

  • Soak your feet in a tub or basin of warm, soapy water for 5-10 minutes. This will soften the skin. If you’re feeling decadent, try adding a couple drops of scented oil to the water.
  • Wet the pumice stone in the same water and then gently rub the rough areas of your skin for 2-3 minutes. Use a light pressure and do not grind into the area.
  • Rinse your feet and pat them dry with a soft towel. Do not rub to dry.
  • Apply moisturizer to your feet.

You may not feel immediate results on a corn or callus after the first treatment, but be patient. Do not rub off too much skin in one sitting, or you will risk sores and injuries. Pumice is a patience game.

For more foot care tips, or to receive help for especially stubborn corns and calluses, contact the office of Kevin Powers, DPM. Schedule an appointment with our Bloomington, IN office by calling (812) 333-4422.