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27 June 2015 @ 05:32 pm
My feet  
I'm getting a sudden window into the world of you people with, like, normal foot skin.

After using the foot grater for a bit, my heels now actually move. Like, the skin bends instead of remaining as a disc-shaped armor plate.

I'm not sure I approve. It's possible you're all weirdos and you just haven't figured that out yet. Just so you know.
inflectionpointinflectionpoint on June 29th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
Have you tried callus softener yet? Life changing stuff.
Noahangelbob on June 29th, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)
I have indeed. The foot grater seems to work better.

The callus softener I have requires a lot of pre-soaking, sanding my feet after and general fussing. The foot grater is designed to work on dry feet, and it does so surprisingly quickly.

I was using the callus softener every couple of weeks -- it was inconvenient, and required maybe a half-hour to do one full repetition of it, plus I had to soak in the bathtub and not be available for kids.

The foot grater does pretty much the exact same thing in five minutes in the back yard, plus I can stop midway if I want to.
Krissyrightkindofme on June 29th, 2015 02:31 am (UTC)
Love you! Hopefully there will be less bleeding. :)
blkblk on June 29th, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
Weeeeeeird. Out of curiosity, have you had foot callouses all your life? Do/did you go barefoot a lot? Do your shoes affect it? Does it just come back slowly after you grate it off?

I have never had foot callouses (which has its own benefits/problems) so I can't imagine it.
Noahangelbob on June 29th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
I've had them for as long as I can remember, yeah. I grew up in East Texas. Lots of running over rocks and gravel and not wearing shoes.

My shoes don't seem to affect callus growth much at this point, though the skin is definitely softer after a day of wearing (enclosed) shoes than after a day barefoot or with sandals.

It comes back over time. A month is a significant amount of growth.

There are problems when I let it go for several months and then wear sandals or go barefoot, especially in cold weather -- the skin gets stiff, then cracks, then bleeds. It probably takes a week of only-sandals-or-barefoot to get to the bleeding point once the skin is thick. But it's hard to reverse once it gets there. The chemical callus softener that I got could sometimes do it, and I think the foot grater would be better yet. I got my inspiration to go find a foot grater by looking up YouTube videos of people worse off, foot-wise, than I am.

Anyway, by thinning the skin regularly I can prevent that whole thing from happening. Works much better than trying to fix it once the cracking starts.
blk: feetblk on June 29th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
Ooh yeah, cracking and bleeding sounds distinctly un-fun. Glad this helps!

I pretty much never went barefoot, that I can remember. Possibly in the beginning because it was florida and the ground is out to get you and my parents enforced shoes, and then as early as I can remember it hurt too much to go barefoot, so I didn't, and my feet stayed smooth, so it hurt to go barefoot, so I didn't, etc, etc. The downside now, of course, is that it still hurts to go barefoot almost anywhere.