Foot Sanding With a Dremel Rotary Tool

Updated on October 6, 2017

The Dremel Tool for Sanding

This is what I use now.
This is what I use now. | Source

Foot Care Using a Common Household Tool

People generally think of this tool as a gift for Father's Day or some other male gift-giving occasion. Many home workshops or craft areas contain a rotary tool. I'm here to tell you how it resolved my painful foot problems.

It never occurred to me that one could use a rotary tool like this for calluses or lumps on the foot. I suffered from a lump that would build up on the ball of my foot. I wondered if I was wearing shoes that somehow contributed to this. After switching shoes a number of times, I finally settled on clogs as the only tolerable footwear.

Finally, I booked an appointment with a foot doctor. He seemed uninterested in my whining about the painful lump on the bottom of my foot. I'm sure he sees severe foot problems with his diabetic patients, so mine seemed minor. He instructed his assistant to reduce the lump with a tool.

She told me that it was a rotary tool and that in future if I had one at home, to just use that. Luckily my husband keeps a well-stocked workshop in the garage. Anytime I feel that lump starting to develop, I get out the Dremel.

It's great for removing calluses on the heel or bottom of the feet too.

I found that my mother had the exact same problem with her feet and the lump. Must be the way we walk. Anyway, I sanded her lump on each foot and she had relief from the pain that it was causing her.

TIPS for Sanding Your Feet

  • Place your foot on the opposite knee or on a footstool
  • Move the rotary tool across the area of the foot needing sanding
  • Check frequently with your finger to see if the area being sanded is getting hot

There are a gazillion ways one can use these rotary tools. I'm glad they work for the one purpose I need, but my husband finds them ever so useful with his many projects.

Walking Barefoot on the Beach Is One Way to Get a Foot Treatment

Take off your shoes and walk along in the sand. Your feet benefit from the abrasiveness of the sand.
Take off your shoes and walk along in the sand. Your feet benefit from the abrasiveness of the sand. | Source

Alternate Methods for Sanding the Feet

One can purchase portable callus sanders or try using a pumice stone, but those weren't effective for me. Walking barefoot on the beach is another way to get your feet sanded. The abrasiveness of the sand gives your feet a natural rub down. I don't have a beach handy to try that natural method. That's why I'm pleased we have a Dremel.

Test the spot where you are sanding every few seconds to be sure it isn't creating a hot spot. Diabetics or anyone with low sensitivity in their feet should not try this.

Examples of Using a Dremel on Your Feet

I'm not the only one using the Dremel for a pedicure. Take a look at these videos to see how it works.

Remove Calluses with the Dremel - Video Tutorial

Be Cautious


  • Do not hold the tool in one spot to sand
  • Do not press down on the foot with the tool (move it lightly across the surface)
  • Stop sanding on an area if it feels hot (move to another area)

Video Demonstrating Foot Sanding with a Dremel

Here's the Tool That I'm Recommending

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool
Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool

If you prefer a cordless rotary tool, here you go. This frees you from sitting by the electrical plug while sanding your feet.


Do you think this tool would help your foot problems?

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    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      As a jewelry maker, I have owned a Dremel for many years. It never occurred to me that I could use it on my calloused feet! Thanks so much for this great tip, Virginia.

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      Wow, it never crossed my mind to use my dremel for that!

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      I think you just changed my life. I never once thought about using the dremel I use to grind the dog's toenails! I'm on it now though. Thanks.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: You have to proceed very cautiously, checking with your finger for heat. It's actually very much what those pedicure rotary tools are like but more powerful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow. That would scare me to use a work tool on my feet. Very interesting.