by Alexandra Samuel
Arthur BelebeauThere's one question I get every summer and, of course, this year is no different. People always want to know: "Is it okay to scrub away calluses during my pedi if I'm a serious runner?" And it's a totally understandable question. On the one hand, calluses protect our feet while we hit the pavement (over and over and over and over...). On the other hand, they're less than attractive when we're rocking super-cute sandals.
So, should you ditch 'em?
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First, you've gotta understand why you get calluses. As you run, certain parts of your foot rub more than others depending on your foot strike. (For me, it's the inside of the front of my foot.) Those areas get slightly damaged every time they rub and -- since our skin is super smart -- build up a protective layer of hardened dead skin. See, calluses aren't so bad.
So, if they're protecting your foot, you shouldn't scrub them away, right? Wrong. You do want to scrub them down during your pedi -- just not all the way. You see, if calluses build up and get too thick, they crack, causing infection and are incredibly painful. It's not a good sitch.
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So when you hit the nail salon, make sure you keep a close eye on your aesthetician while she starts scrubbing those tootsies of yours. If you noticed your calluses disappearing completely, ask her to stop. It's that simple.
But the best way to deal with calluses is to prevent them from getting too thick in the first place. Padded running socks are kind of like faux calluses: They protect feet where they need it, so less calluses are created. You can also use a friction-blocking foot cream (Kiehl's Cross-Terrain "Dry Run" Foot is an awesome option) to help cut down on friction, too. Either way, keep running!
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by Alexandra Samuel