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Foot files, foot wands and pedicure rasps are all implements used to smooth away calluses and hard dry skin on the heels or soles of the feet.

Types of Foot File

They come in all shapes and sizes but the most popular ones come with a coarse (80 grit) surface and medium (120 grit) work surface. Pedicure rasps have a metal ‘grater’ type surface and are generally more coarse than sandpaper types.

The sand paper type are the preferred choice for Podiatrists and Pedicurists as opposed to using the more traditional pumice stone because they are easier to use.

Most Podiatrists do not like patients using the metal ‘scraper’ type pedicure rasp as they can be quite abrasive and can leave the skin red and raw. If you do use one make sure the foot has been soaked long enough to make the callous soft enough.

You need to be especially careful if you have circulatory issues or diabetes and please NEVER use the blade type scrapers on yourself, for risk of giving yourself a nasty cut or something much worse.

What is the Best Foot File?

The best foot files on the market are the wooden or plastic handled pedicure wands as mentioned above these have a sandpaper like surface that are great on minor calluses and dry skin and leave a superior finish after applying a good quality foot cream.

It is probably best to get a professional grade pedicure wand with a large handle and a large work surface for ease of use. One with interchangeable head replacements will save you money and the need to discard the foot wand when its surface becomes less effective.

The only problem with most files and wands is that they may not be good enough to really remove hard and calloused skin in the same way that your Podiatrist would be able to do.

Your Chiropodist/Podiatrist should be expert in the use of a scalpel to remove your calluses as most foot files are not up to the job, if for example, you have badly calloused and cracked heels.

The sand paper type foot files generally seem to be the kindest on your skin and are best used when the foot is completely dry. This is when they come into their own and you can see clouds of skin dust coming from the area.

Cleaning Your File

It is also good idea to think about how you will clean your foot file. Chiropodists and Podiatrists will use an ultrasonic cleaner to remove the particulates from a files surface before sterilising, but this will be over kill for most users unless they visit a salon.

It should be sufficient to run it under the tap with some soap and a nail brush. However, if you don’t mind putting it in with the dishes you should be able to place it in the dishwasher if it is made from a suitable material.

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Mark Daws