Monday, May 18, 2009

Ped Egg-Friend or Foe

The Ped Egg is a foot care product that has recently made the transition from infomercial to stores such as Target, Wal-mart and the like. As this handheld foot product becomes more well-known, it frequently becomes a topic of conversation with my patients in the treatment rooms. My stance on patient’s use of the Egg varies on a case by case basis.

The name comes from a combination of its unique oval shape, intended to fit in the palm of your hand, and its intended use on your feet. The top of the product is smooth and the bottom looks like a small cheese grater. When not in use there is a cover that can be placed on it. The price runs about $10.00, and you must replace the blades as they become dull.

The Ped Egg is gently rubbed against dry skin on your feet to shave the top layer of dead skin away. The Ped Egg is a foot file that gently shaves down calluses, corns and dry peeling skin. It is intended to be used on completely dry feet or feet that have been softened from the bath or shower. Gently file the areas of your feet that have rough or hardened spots. These areas include the heels, pads of the feet, and on your toes around the nails. The dry skin will come off and be stored inside the Ped Egg leaving no mess behind (great for the person who wants to whip out their Ped Egg at work for some emergency callus care). The instructions advise you to: Glide the Egg over your heels in a back and forth motion (not side to side), should you see any bleeding, stop filing, and if you are diabetic use only the advisement of your doctor.

The most common complaint I have heard is patients filing too vigorously and drawing blood. There are of course certain patients who I would not recommend using the Ped Egg for.

1. Patients with fissures may remove some perfectly good skin to get rid of the cracks and therefore exacerbate the problem.

2. Patients with vascular or neurological issues may have problems if they take too much skin off

3. Diabetic patients-Any diabetic should always check with their podiatrist prior to using any foot care product that has blades on it.

In these cases, calluses can be well treated with a variety of creams, callus pumice stones and files, and pads. You can find a variety of these products on our website under the Our Doctor Store link.

There are many patients who I do suggest to use the Egg. It is great addition to your foot care repertoire when used in moderation and under the right conditions. You must follow the directions on the package and always follow the advise of your foot doctor because with certain conditions this product can cause more harm than good.