Dr. Pam Davis - Callus Care and Fungal toe nail care

A Dremel tool is a rotary sander that can be obtained at local retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, hardware stores, or craft stores.

It is best to select a Dremel tool with a rechargeable battery (Not one made for heavy duty tasks).

Select the 120 grit sanding bands.

Callus Care

  • Use the Dremel tool on hard, dry calluses
  • Keep the Dremel moving – do not hold in one spot, otherwise too much heat will build up and a burn could occur.
  • Sand the callus down until the underlying skin is the same texture and consistency as surrounding skin.
  • If you cause an abrasion or bleeding, cleanse the area with soap and water and then apply over the counter antibiotic ointment (Example: Neosporin, Bacitracin, or Triple antibiotic ointment) and a Band-Aid. Repeat daily until the skin is healed! Contact your doctor if the skin does not heal promptly, or signs of infection occur such as redness, excessive drainage, or increasing pain.

Fungal Toe Nail Care

  • Thick, hard toenails can be managed with the Dremel tool.
  • First sand off the thickness of the nail.
  • After you have decreased the thickness of the nail, you may be able to use a nail clipper to trim the length of the nail. If not, you can use the Dremel to shorten the nail.
  • Keep the Dremel moving - do not hold in one spot, otherwise too much heat will build up and a burn could occur.

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