Have you ever thought of using a specialized callus remover to aid in your foot filing battles? There are some instances where a client’s callus has built up so much that simple soaking and hand filing barely make a dent. Sometimes a liquid callus remover product can be applied after the soak to further soften callus so more of it can be filed off.

Experienced pedicurist and salon owner LaShaun Brown-Glenn of Chicago’s Nails Naturally Hand & Foot Spa, offers some advice on how she uses a super-strength callus remover for her pedicures.

“The thing you’ve got to remember is that callus wasn’t built in a day, so you’re not going to be able to get rid of it in a day. I offer my special callus removal service as an add-on. I charge $10 for the application, and I only recommend it if a client has extra-thick callus that I know needs special attention.

After a foot soak I apply the liquid callus remover to the client’s foot with a lint-free pad in circles to help it penetrate. Most callus I see is concentrated on the ball of the foot, especially in ladies who wear heels a lot. Then we wrap the feet in hot towels and allow them to sit for 10 minutes. Then, when it’s time to file, the callus comes off more easily.

Be careful not to go too deep, you just want to reduce them and smooth them out. I try to get thick-callus clients to come back in two weeks to remove more of the callus before we put them on a standard four-week schedule.

Also, whichever remover product you choose, follow the directions carefully. You don’t want to let it soak in for longer than what the manufacturer recommends.”


1. After applying the callus remover, Brown-Glenn wraps the client’s feet in warm towels and lets the product work for 10 minutes. 



2. After unwrapping, it only takes a few minutes of filing to remove a lot of callus. “The callus is going to be pretty soft, so make sure to pick up your file and rest so you don’t go too far,” she says, “and don’t go too fast either. Things can get hot rather fast.”