Microplane Colossal Pedicure Rasp

Date Wed, April 1 2015

I walk a lot. Some days, I walk over 10 miles. This is good cardio. My lungs love it. I’ve gotten an intimate look at every place I’ve ever lived because I walk.

But it’s not all fun and games.

My feet are in bad shape, you guys. Or I should say were in bad shape. All that walking less to some serious dead/dry skin buildup. Yup. Callouses.

The balls of my feet were the worst. I also have callouses on toes and dry skin around my heels. Needless to say, my feet neither looked nor felt soft and smooth. Sexy? Far from it? Cute? Nope!

Not only did the rough and dry skin literally catch on silk sheets, but it makes wearing certain shoes uncomfortable. Plus, a crack in calloused skin is ridiculously difficult to heal. I’ve had one nearly all winter. It never quite heeled because of my callous.

Now, don’t you think for one second that I didn’t try to deal with this. I’ve tried many things to help my poor achin’ feet:

Now, that’s a lot of options, but few of them made any difference if I’m being honest. Some made my skin a little smoother, but rarely did it leave it any softer. That is, it was treating the surface of the callous and not removing it.

Microplane Colossal Pedicure Rasp

Microplane Colossal Pedicure Rasp

So I finally decided to look for another option, and my search lead me to the Microplane Colossal Pedicure Rasp. Although I saw a few people warning against using such a sharp rasp, which is a grater-like foot file, it has thousands of positive reviews on Amazon. I had enough money on my account to buy it — it’s under $9 here — and so I waited.

Microplane isn’t a beauty company. In fact, the company typically makes kitchen products including, you guessed it, cheese graters. However, sometimes you need something a little more intense.

Many of the reviews will warn you against using it too aggressively, especially your first time. Move it up and down, not in circles. One reviewer in particular advised going over a single spot only 7-8 times during your feet use.

So when the giant rasp showed up in the mail, I gave it a whirl, following those instructions.

I had two thoughts:

  1. This thing is huge
  2. And it’s sharp!

From the first graze down my foot, it was filing off tiny pieces of dead skin. It’s pretty gross, I won’t lie, but it’s effective as anything. I used no more than 9 strokes across any given part. My dry heels were quickly devoid of excess skin, so I went to work on my toes and the balls of my feet.

Those few strokes were definitely not enough to get rid of the thickest callouses, so I gave them a few more but decided to leave it for the day, at least, to see if there were any adverse reactions. And I experienced none. 

So I decided to give it another go ’round the next day to see if I could work down some of those thicker callouses. I suppose I was a little too zealous because while the balls of my feet and heels were fine, I worked away a little too much skin on my toes in mirroring positions. This leads me to one important thought:

The rasp will continue to remove skin even if it’s not dead. You can probably remove a layer of skin without it hurting, but it might leave you hurting later. That’s what happened to me. I was too zealous and my skin wound up a little sore and raw — not cut or open, but just a little sore. I tossed on a bandage before putting on shoes, and I was fine.

Two days later and it’s good, but you probably want to do a little at a time rather than a lot.

With that said, the rest of my feet have never been so soft. The Microplane rasp isn’t fantastic for smoothing, so you might want a smaller file or pumice stone to smooth it out.

The only real complaint I have is that it is so big that you can’t quite get into all the nooks and crannies around toes. This could easily be remedied if there was less bezel and the file itself was closer to the edge to get rid of all the skin.

You’ll definitely want to do it in the tub so you can clean up the dead skin or sweep or vacuum immediately afterward. There will be skin left on the rasp itself, and I found water wasn’t enough to remove them. However, I wasn’t going to use my hand on the sharp file to remove them, so it’ll just have to remain.

Even with the giant size and messiness, I feel like the Microplane pedicure rasp is a life saver, and it’s accomplished something I’ve not been able to do for years.

2 Responses

  1. Alex September 26 2015 @ 12:06 pm

    How often do I need to replace this file if I would use it once a week? How do i clean it?

  2. Cole September 27 2015 @ 4:19 am

    I couldn’t tell you about replacement because I don’t use it that often. I tap out any dry skin and you could wash it like you do a cheese grater.

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