The footfile is something that is rarely used but something that could save you time and money especially if you have thick toenails or hard skin.
Who uses them?
Back in the UK NHS we were trying to see only higher risk foot patients. Which meant that anyone who was fit and healthy but had thick nails or hard skin had to be temporary removed from our lists. We gave each patient advice and...
A foofile. One similar to the one below:
It depends upon what you have. If you have callus then it needs to be used a slightly different way than if you had thick toenails.
So for hard skin a footfile works better when:
Use of a footfile on a thick toenail is slightly different from use on hard skin.
Like with anything new. Get your thick toenail or callus checked out by a footcare professional.
Why? Well you might find a simpler solution to your issue. If it is a fungus toenail then you might be able to cure it. If it is hard skin then it might be how you walk and then that could be cured.
You have the mechanical versions- battery/ mains electric and they work well- again mainly just minimal hard skin and not on nails.
They all work on the basis of a rough roller spinning. After a while the roller reduces in effectiveness and then you replace the rollers.
I think the first one I noticed was Amope then there was a large influx (which helps price and choice). There are many types including:
The above is an ArtNatural rechargable device. The roller spins and that reduces the hard skin through a sandpaper type of material. When it gets worn you replace the roller. This device has 4 stars and 106 reviews on Amazon.
The Amope version at Amazon is more expensive, however it has 4 stars and 886 reviews- which is largest at time of writing for a hand held callus reducing device on Amazon .
When you start looking at the various types there are a ton. It is up to you which you want. Most are of similar style and roughage. So it is really your preference.
You can go with a single file (which can range from $6-18) or you can get a pack of 3 different sizes for roughly the same price.
The above is a wooden footfile with 116 reviews, cheap and 4.5 stars. Looks cool. Don't have to use it wet.
The above are 3 footfiles for a good price. 4.5 stars and 16 reviews on Amazon. The metal one is sold by itself for cheaper (not by much) but as we have discussed metal is OK but the sand paper type ones are nicer :)
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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.