“ Brand: Boots / Type: Foot Care / Corn File „
I have horrible feet, I almost dread summer because I have to get my feet out and get them summer ready. Then I have to work at them practically every day to keep them fairly smooth and looking nice. I have incredibly hard skin on my heels and then these really hard patches of dead skin on the bottom of my big toe that are yellow and hard and hurt sometimes.
Luckily this hard skin and callus file from Boots helps me out quite a bit. This is what my husband calls the cheese grater and I suppose it does look a bit like a cheese grater. I have used the Ped Egg in the past to work on my feet but I find this file is a lot more effective.
What I like about this file is that it has a long handle with the file in a rectangle shape at the end. I find with the handle I can get a really nice grip and can really file away at my feet in a nice strong motion to get all the hard skin off. You can get a really good angle and hold on this file and really give your feet a good long scrub, much better than you can with the small surface area of a Ped Egg for example. In fact, Boots actually say that this file has a contoured handle for ease of use so I definitely agree with this and see what they say.
At the top of the handle obviously is the file section. This is made of metal with lots of little sharp holes to grab at the dead skin and file it away. THe metal is really sturdy and hard and I find the little blades work very well. In fact you do need to be careful on regular skin if you get too carried away as it can make it a little bit red raw. It works perfectly on the hard bits of skin under my toe though and really files away lots of layers of skin to leave them almost unnoticeable which is great.
The file works really well on the back of my heel too and I find with the handle I can get a really nice angle on my heel and reaches places I couldn't with other foot files.
I find its best to use this file on dry feet as then you get a really good comprehensive scrub and can peel lots of layers away. Then when I have finished I usually have a shower to soften up the skin and then I apply a really intensive foot lotion to get to work at the rest of the dry skin.
What I like about the metal file is that it cleans really easily. All I do when I'm finished filing is run it under the hot tap to get rid of the excess dead skin and it is clean.
The file costs just £4.49 from Boots which I think is a great price as once you purchase this you will never need to purchase another one again.
I don't know if it's simply age, or the fact that I spend a lot of time on my feet. It's the golf that's the problem, probably. If I could get that little ball in that little hole a lot faster, my feet would have to do less work, I suppose.
Anyway, those big things on the end of my legs have been hurting and for a long time I thought something was getting in my shoes - such as a piece of grit from the paths on the course. That was until I went to see the podiatrist, with whom I have a regular check up because of my diabetes. I said:
"I think I'm getting something in my shoes, Mrs Podiatrist."
She said, "You are indeed, Mr Biskey." (Names have been changed to protect the innocent). "The things that are getting in your shoes," she continued, "are your feet."
I was astounded. I was almost knocked off said feet. "Cor blimey, Gov!" I said.
Apparently my feet had been manufacturing their own pieces of "grit" in the form of calluses. - hard patches of skin that the foot develops as a defence against hard wear and friction. Unfortunately, these calluses themselves can become painful, as they dig back into the foot when you walk on them. The scales fell from my eyes, if not from my feet. I could see it all now. All I needed was a solution.
BOOTS HARD SKIN, CORN AND CALLUS REMOVER
It's a bit of a catch 22. When you're a diabetic, you have to be extra careful to look after your feet, but a lot of the treatments for these problems are unsuitable. In the case of callus removal pads, for instance, which use salicylic acid, there is a higher likelihood of developing an infection. What I CAN use - and actually it's the cheapest, simplest, easiest and best solution - is a file. It's a bit like the kind of file they smuggle into prisons inside a cake, which sounds appealing, but no good to me, of course, as I'm diabetic. Fortunately Boots sold their Hard Skin, Corn And Callus Remover - without the cake.
USING THE CALLUS REMOVER
Actually, it's more like a rasp. It has a plastic handle which is "specially contoured" so that it is relatively easy to reach to do the job. The face is a metal rasp which you draw across the patch of hard skin (gently) until you're left with a patch of soft skin and a powdery deposit (so do it over some paper, or outside in the garden). I soak my feet for a while first, as that's good for them anyway, but dry them off before I use the file. Afterwards, I moisturize to help to keep the skin soft and supple.
It doesn't hurt and it doesn't take long to make a difference to the way your feet feel.
The dead skin can be washed from the file, which should be dried thoroughly afterwards.
Boots do offer the caution that diabetics should consult their doctor before using the product, but really this is about the safest way you could treat your calluses.
The Boots Hard Skin, Corn And Callus Remover sells for £4.49, while other makes are available cheaper online.
I'm giving this four stars because it does its job perfectly well, but I cannot see why a price of £4.49 is justified, when clearly almost identical items can be produced and sold for less. The only justification is that there are suckers like me who will thoughtlessly pay.
During the summer months I live in either flip flops or my sandals, as soon as the weather starts to get warm enough my feet come out so for me it is important to keep them looking in good condition, for a while I would just moisturise them and make sure my nails were nicely painted. However I do have a tendency to wander around outside with no shoes on, I wouldn't go to the shops like it or anything but I will wonder around the garden or down the pavement to my car without any shoes on, something I shouldn't really do being diabetic, but it is something I have always done. Anyway I noticed that the skin on my heels was starting to get a bit on the hard side, probably toughening itself up to the hard surfaces it had to deal with, when wearing my sandals or flip flops I felt that this didn't look very nice and that I needed to do something more than just moisturise, that was when I came across Boots Pharmaceuticals Hard Skin, Corn and Callous File, it was perfect for what I wanted, a good quality foot file which was going to be easy to clean and keep my feet in good condition at the same time.
The Boots Hard Skin, Corn and Callous File comes attached to a card and is covered with plastic to keep it clean and hygienic in the shop, the card is predominantly blue with white writing on, the file is positioned down one side with the name written down the other, just underneath this are three statements about the product stating what it does. There was not a massive amount of information on the packaging about the file, however it tells you what you need to know, the majority of the card is taken up with the picture of a foot. The file itself looks like a mini sort of grater attached to a handle. The main part of the file including the handle is made from a white plastic which is very tough and durable, it is not flimsy at all and does not bend if you apply a bit of pressure on it. The file section at the top is silver coloured and can be removed for easy cleaning. The handles is contoured making it very easy to grip even if you have wet hands at the time, there is a small hole in the bottom of the handle which means you can hang the file up should you wish.
Using the file is very easy, you simply grip the handle and rub the file over the affected area to remove thin layers of the affected skin, the design of the file means that it catches the majority of the skin removed. I have only ever used my file for the purpose of getting rid of hard skin, however it can also be used on calluses and corns as well, again for this you use the file in the same way.
When using the file you do need to apply a little pressure in order to remove the rough skin, however as the file is reasonably coarse you do not need to apply too much pressure by doing this you could remove too much skin making it sore or bleed, this is not what you want to happen. You need to apply a light pressure whilst filing, just enough to remove the hard skin but not so much that you cause yourself pain, I find that in order to remove hard skin nice gentle movements backwards and forwards over the areas is enough to get the desired effect there's no need to scrub at it. . Once you have finished with the file it is important to clean it to prevent any contamination, the design of the file makes this very easy, the file area clips on and off of the handle meaning you can unclip the file, tip away any dead skin collected and then wash the file, I wash mine with hot water, you can use soap on it and also a course brush in order to get between the 'teeth' of the file. It is important to make sure the file is dry before storing it, personally I wipe the majority of mine dry, however I do tend to leave it on the side to dry naturally for a little while before I put it away. Cleaning the Boot Hard Skin, Corn and Callous File is so much easier than cheaper versions, I have tried the odd one or two in the past but have ended up throwing them out as cleaning them was too difficult and they never felt overly clean or hygienic, with this file I know that it is fully cleaned before I use it again.
I normally use my Boot File about once or twice a week in the summer months and about once a week in the winter when my feet are always in either shoes or boots. I usually use the file when I have a bath so that my feet are fully cleaned before I start using the file, once out of the bath and my feet are dry I then apply a moisturiser to them to keep the skin hydrated and soft. After carrying out this routine I am always extremely impressed with how smooth and soft my feet feel, there is no hard skin at all, the file really does work, it keeps the skin on my feet in excellent condition which is perfect for the summer when I wear sandals and flip flops.
The files was not overly expensive to buy and cost me £3.35 for one file from my local Boots store, this is a bit more expensive than some other files you can buy, however it lasts much longer. I was more than happy to pay this for the file especially as it was of such a good quality and worked extremely well. However before purchasing the Boots Hard Skin, Corn and Callous File you should check whether you can use this sort of product with your doctor if you are diabetic or have problems with your circulation. Personally I am diabetic however I know I am ok to use this sort of product as I do not have any problems with my feet at all.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Boots Hard Skin, Corn and Callous File, it really does do what it is supposed to it has done an excellent job of removing the hard skin from my feet keeping them looking at their best, regular use keeps this hard skin away and prevents it from building up. The file is very easy to use as well as easy to keep clean, this is the most hygienic file I have had so far for my feet. It is reasonably cheap to buy and in my opinion well worth the money I paid for it. I would recommend the Boots Hard Skin Corn and Callous File to anyone who suffers with hard skin or corns on their feet as this file really will sort the problem out keeping feet soft and looking at their best. I have been extremely pleased with my file and the results I have got from it, I will definitely be continuing to use it, and would certainly buy another one should anything happen to my original one.
My reason for purchasing this file is because I was prone to suffering from hard skin from time to time. I have become used to pampering my feet twice a week, using a foot scrub, a mask, using this file to remove dead skin and using a moisturising foot lotion afterwards. This means that I have wonderful feet that have been soft for several months now. In the past I had used standard files and found that these just ended up unhygienic and could not be cleaned in any way which prompted me to just throw them away and continually replace them which ends up expensive!
This file costs £3.35 which I thought was reasonable enough and I ordered mine online a couple of months ago. The price may have been slightly cheaper back then I don't recall to be honest. This comes packaged attached to a cardboard backing and there is a plastic piece holding it in place. The packaging was easy enough for me to open. Within the packaging there is a metal file which is attached to a plastic white handle. The file can come off the handle if need be which is good for cleaning purposes. The handle on this is not the most comfortable ever but not the worst I have held either.
This file is very simple to use. It can be used to wear down dead skin, callouses or corns on the feet. I have only ever used mine for removing dead skin. As mentioned above I use this as part of a foot care regime so my feet are always clean before I use this. I find this is the best method for removing the dead skin anyway as it has been softened up.
This is very simple to use just rub it up and down on your foot much like a cheese grater! The file is well designed to catch the skin that is removed. I tend to tip the debris from mine down the toilet and then rinse it all in the sink before leaving to dry naturally and storing away again.
Overall I would say that this works fantastically well. My husband is always commenting on how wonderful my feet feel and even when I have been wearing high heels all day at work they still feel fantastic and soft. I probably spend about 5 or 10 minutes twice a week using this and that is an ample amount of time to ensure that my feet are left soft, smooth and wonderful.
The price of this file is very reasonable, it works well, it can be cleaned, it is pleasant enough to hold and it makes a nasty job quite simple and hygienic really. I am very pleased with how well this works and will definitely continue to use this in the future. It does not feel painful when being used on my feet either which is the main plus point for me.
I don't think there are many people that like feet or like to talk about feet.....particularly my feet! I have always suffered with hard skin and callouses on my feet.....I guess it's a testimony to those badly fitted shoes and heels that I wore so much in my youth(!) - and it's something that I've never really had much relief from. The only time that my feet seem to be smooth and free from hard skin is if I've spent two weeks walking on the beach, but unfortunatly I live in Gloucestershire and not in the Carribean!
The Boots Corn and Callous File is a product I bought about 3 years ago - and it is something that sits in my drawer and comes out to play every now and again. I do generally prefer to use the Ped Egg - but sometimes I can't lay my hands on it (it tends to go into the depths of my daughters room never to be seen again) and so then I will opt of this product. I bought it from Boots for around £4.00 - but I'm not aware as to how much they go for now, but I would imagine it was around the same price.....which isn't too bad.
This is effectively a file which I can use on the hard skin and calloused areas of my feel to file away the dead hard skin areas and try to strip back to some of the lovely soft pink skin that's hiding underneath. The file part is, as you would expect, made of metal and has the feel of a very fine cheese grater (lovely!) and you literally rub it in those hard skin areas and file the skin away. I find it works moderately well, but compared to the Ped Egg is it not quite up to the high standard of that because I think the actually file bits are finer and also there isn't a seperate area which collects all of the bad skin. If I use this a few times a week, if the hard skin areas on my feet start of as a 10/10 (a score of 10 being the worst), then after use it might improve to a 5/10. It's not a cure, but it is an improvement.
The metal file part can be removed and so it can easily be cleaned - which is necessary as all of the lovely dead skin cells collect on the surface and look pretty gross really. In addition to this, I do find the whole file and handle to be sturdy and hard wearing and has never rusted or looked any the worse for wear. The handle is comfortable to hold on to and easy to use at an angle, and in fact I would say the ergonomic design is preferable to the Ped.
Overall, this is an okay product. I do think the Ped Egg is slightly better - but it also costs more!
A few months ago during yet another bout of plantar fasciitis I decided to massage my feet with my hands rather than a tennis ball, this was going well until I got to the outsides of my heels when I discovered some very large patches of hard skin. Although the hard skin was nothing to do with my painful feet it shocked me how much I had and I decided I needed to buy something to deal with it. I intended to get a ped egg but when I went to Boots they didn't have any, so I bought their own brand corn and callous file. It cost me £3.45 at the time so it wasn't expensive.
The file is about 6 inches long and has a bend in it where the actual metal file begins. The handle means you can reach your feet without having to be especially flexible even though I am and can easily reach my feet. The section that files away the offending skin is metal and looks a bit like a small cheese grater. Obviously this doesn't have anything to catch the shavings in so I tend to use it over the bath then rinse the bath out or put a piece of kitchen roll under my foot and catch them that way.
I wasn't sure if I'd be able to use this file, I have a thing about pumice stones which goes right through my teeth like nails on a blackboard do to other people. However as this is metal I hoped I wouldn't be cringing too much.
The first time I used it I had loads of hard skin and thought it would take me a few sessions to get rid of it. Surprisingly it only took 2 sessions before the majority had gone so it's very effective. You have to be careful not to keep on rubbing the file over an area once the hard skin has gone or it can be too irritating for the softer skin underneath so you do have to pay attention.
Since that point I've used this file probably once a week on my heels, sides of my big toes and sometimes on the edge of my little toe where I get hard skin. The file can easily be used on all those areas and the handle stops me from applying too much pressure too so the whole procedure is very quick and not at all cringy for me even though I hate the idea! As it's used when the feet are dry I use the file then have a bath followed by applying some moisturiser. To clean the file you can either just rinse it under a tap and dry it off or dunk it in a basin of soapy water, rinse then dry. I use both methods and so far there's been no rusting of the file.
Interestingly the areas where we get callouses are very telling about any problems with the feet during walking, if you see a Podiatrist at any point for orthotics you should not file away your hard skin before you go as they examine your feet to see where the hard skin has developed due to how you walk. Not really related to the actual product but interesting all the same!
Overall I'm very happy with this file, it's cheap, effective and doesn't make me grit my teeth when I use it. My hard skin days are behind me with minimal effort. A full 5 stars from me.
==Boots Corn and Callous File==
Now this is not the nicest of products to be fair but I have to say that I do make sure I use mine on a regular basis. I tend to suffer with hard skin on the heels of my feet and this generally needs a fair bit of attention to keep it under control and not looking like an old ladies pair of feet. I used to use a normal foot file but found these would often need replacing and didn't clear all the hard and nasty looking skin.
So a good few years back now I came across this Boots corn and callous file which was basically a metal type of grater for the feet. It was around the £3 price region and I believe it still is more or less this price now. The fact that it is the same price as a feeble foot file makes it good value for money as this Corn and Callous file literally lasts for ages. The only reason I have needed to buy a second one in all the years of using it was the fact that I couldn't find my first one.
The file itself has a detachable metal file which is housed on a white plastic handle. The handle is of a good design which makes it easy to hold and comfortable to use. The fact that the metal file can be easily popped out and snapped back in again makes it very easy cleaning and this is a real godsend as the file does need cleaning with every use.
The idea of the file is that you can use it on the hard or dead skin that collects itself on the soles of your feet. It is advised to file the feet after cleaning not just so they are fresh but also because after a shower or bath, the skin on the feet is softer and easier to remove by the file.
Using it is simple and a quick forward and back movement across the hard skin effectively removes the hard and dry skin on the feet and the debris is collected in the well on the top of the file. It is pretty nasty as it looks just like the hard strong cheese that comes ready grated in those little plastic tubs! I would advise doing this in private and preferably in the bathroom. The area where the debris is collected is rather shallow and if not bashed out regularly may indeed fall out al over the floor! So it is wise to take care to keep the file level and not tip it up too much.
After using it on my feet, they literally look and feel like a new pair. The file does a good job at removing all of the hard and dry skin and after a good moisturising once I have filed and cleaned away all of the old skin they really do look 10 years younger! The file is perfect for the summer as it gives a really healthy look to the feet and I personally find it far more effective than the basic foot file.
All in all this file is well worth the £3 I paid for it. It lasts for ages, works really well and is easy to clean. My feet look so much healthier once I have used it and I should think I will be using this for as long as I need it.
I feel a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is in order and a high recommendation to all those people who suffer with hard dry skin on their feet. Get ready for the summer!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.