Why Foot Scrapers Are Banned In Salons And You Should Never Use One On Your Feet

Although you might carry the figurative weight of the world on your shoulders, your feet bear the actual weight of you, which can result in tough callouses and corns on your soles. If you've had a pedicure, chances are somebody probably used a tool to remove calluses and dead skin from the bottom of your feet. According to How Stuff Works, several different types of devices are considered foot scrapers. However, some states have banned a couple of varieties, and you should be careful which styles pedicure technicians use on your feet or which ones you use yourself if you do at-home foot care.

Foot scrapers that look like cheese graters or those that have a small razor blade in them might cause injury or spread infection (via Well+Good). According to Feet and Shoes Guide, several states banned instruments used to scrape feet during pedicures. 

Read on to find out why foot scrapers can be dangerous and what you should use instead.

Here's why using a foot scraper is dangerous and what you should use instead

Dermatology-certified physician's assistant, Lana Pinchasov, told Well+Good why you shouldn't use sharp devices that look like cheese graters or have razors in them on your feet. "The thickening of the skin on the feet is protective and can help keep out fungus and bacteria. Grating this thickened skin is basically opening up that area to bacteria, fungus, and yeast. It may feel smooth for a few days, but once the skin grows back, it can often grow back thicker and harder with some scar tissue." Ouch! That sounds like anything but a soothing pedicure.

Instead of cutting tools for removing callouses, Pinchasov suggested a soak in Epson salt followed by using a pumice stone or nail file buff to help more gently remove the thickened skin. Feet and Shoes Guide also recommended using a foot exfoliant to help safely remove dead skin from your feet without the risks involved in using harsher foot scrapers. Following these tips, you can achieve smooth feet without risking an infection or thickened skin.