What is FootMedix from Dermal Medix?

Formulated by Dr. David Watts, MD, FootMedix by Dermal Medix is a topical solution that claims to strengthen skin, stimulate new growth, and increase circulation, aimed at protecting and restoring severely dry, cracked, and painful feet.

In order to achieve this, Dermal Medix tells us that FootMedix's active ingredients—including the Nobel Prize-winning ingredient human epidermal growth factor (hEGF)—deliver “rapid healing,” provide deep moisturization, and keep perspiration away from the skin.

In fact, Dr. Watts claims these ingredients will start working in just five minutes, regardless of your age!

According to the company, all you need to do is apply FootMedix to clean, dry feet twice daily, focusing on any areas where you’re experiencing dry, damaged skin. While the exact results you’ll experience will vary, Dermal Medix claims that many customers “feel and see a difference within just minutes of their first use.”

Even though it’s formulated by a doctor, can you expect FootMedix to leave you with healthier, more attractive feet? Is it worth the higher price? Let’s help you make a more informed decision by taking a look at the facts.

What Causes Calluses and Dry Skin?

Calluses aren't much more than the flat build-up of hard skin, usually located on the bottom of feet and hands and caused by repeated pressure or friction in a specific area. These are different than corns, which typically feature a soft core that falls inward.

Although not directly related, dry skin (insufficient moisture)—which is often caused by environmental factors like weather, humidity levels, hot showers, and more—can cause calluses to become increasingly uncomfortable.

In general, calluses cause little more than minor discomfort and can often be addressed by wearing shoes that fit, adding padding where needed, using salicylic acid to soften the callus (or soaking in warm water) and removing with a pumice stone, and more.

In some instances (creams like FootMedix aside), you might need to visit your podiatrist for professional callus removal, and/or to purchase specialized orthotics that can help prevent calluses from getting worse, while relieving at least some measure of discomfort.

From a moisturization perspective, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends avoiding excessively hot baths or showers; using a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser, applying an ointment or a cream (instead of lotion) immediately after bathing, and using a humidifier at home, especially during the winter months when heat can dry out skin.

What about the ingredients in FootMedix? Will they deliver any better results than these suggestions?

What Ingredients Are Found In FootMedix and Is the Formula Clinically Proven?

According to the Dermal Medix website, FootMedix contains the following ingredients (only active ingredients are hyperlinked):

Water, Glycerine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Dimethicone, Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-8, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Beta-Glucan, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Clotrimazole, Human Oligopeptide-1, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

Of these, we learned the vast majority work as surfactants, emulsifiers, humectants, emollients, and cleansing agents. This is common for any cream, foot-related or otherwise, since they help clean skin and trap moisture, thereby improving symptoms of dry skin and helping to prevent irritation.

Clotrimazole is often used in over-the-counter creams to treat (or prevent) fungal skin infections, like athlete’s foot and jock itch. Tea tree oil is thought to perform a similar function.

What about the human epidermal growth factor (hEGF) mentioned on the FootMedix website? This appears to reference the human oligopeptide-1, which Amarte Skincare defines as:

… a small polypeptide of 53 amino acids that serves as a cytokine to stimulate epidermal cell growth and proliferation. This peptide is derived from non-human sources using recombinant DNA biotechnology. Also known as EGF or epidermal growth factor.

However, we didn’t find any clinical evidence on authoritative websites like WebMD, Natural Medicines Database, and Examine.com supporting this claim, or that human oligopeptide-1 can reliably lead to improved skin condition (at least compared to other traditional moisturizers).

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Speaking of which, Dermal Medix claims that in clinical trials conducted by Dr. Watts, “100% of users reported improvement in foot calluses and dry skin, and a staggering 96% of FootMedix users reported results they classified as “phenomenal.” Again, no support for these claims is provided.

We didn’t locate a copy of this trial on the FootMedix website, so we reached out to the company for more details and they confirmed that they did conduct an internal study and showed us the results. However, due to their internal policies, we were asked not to make it public.

Will FootMedix Cause Any Side Effects?

Unless you have especially sensitive skin, these sites indicate you probably won’t experience anything worse with FootMedix’s ingredients than mild, temporary redness in the application area.

However, when it comes to PEG-8, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Truth in Aging writes that PEGs applied to broken skin (specifically, severe burns) have been shown to result in kidney damage. This means you should only apply creams containing this cream to unbroken, non-irritated skin.

Important note: After hearing from a Dermal Medix representative, we were informed that the amount of PEGs needed to cause any type of harm “would be extremely high.”

How Much Does FootMedix Cream Cost?

FootMedix is only available directly through Dermal Medix, and is priced as follows:

  • 1 Bottle (no amount listed, although company claims it's a 30-day supply): $49, plus $4.95 S&H
  • 2 Bottles: $86
  • 3 Bottles: $120

On the other hand, if ordered on their Product page, you’ll pay:

  • 1 Tube (again, no amount listed): $120
  • 2 Tubes: $228
  • 3 Tubes: $324

All of these secondary options come with free S&H.

Regardless of how much you pay, though, Dermal Medix provides a 90-day risk-free guarantee on FootMedix purchases, less S&H charges. To request one, customer service can be reached at 800-425-0243 or support@dermalmedix.com.

Are There Any Reviews for FootMedix?

Since writing our original article, nearly 80 HighYa readers had chimed in about their experiences with FootMedix, giving the formulation an average rating of 4.7 stars.

Common compliments revolved around fast, effective results (reduced cracking, improved appearance, relieved pain and discomfort, etc.). More than one customer claimed it was the best foot cream they’d ever used.

On the other hand, what few complaints there were seemed related to high price. Many, though, reported that it delivered a lot of value for the money.

From a company perspective, Los Angeles-based Dermal Medix had an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and just one closed complaint, as of 5/23/17. No details were available.

Are There Other Cracked Skin Creams Like FootMedix?

If you’re looking for a clotrimazole-based antifungal moisturizing cream, you have hundreds of different options to choose from, several of which could be available at local pharmacies and priced as low as $8.

Do any of these feature FootMedix’s same formulation? No.

In fact, we turned up little-to-no results when searching online for terms like “PEG foot cream” or “hEGF foot cream.” So, if you’re looking for the exact same (or even a similar) formulation, FootMedix was the only game in town at the time of our research.

With this said, we learned that the discovery of epidermal growth factor won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. However, we didn’t find any clinical evidence on authoritative websites drawing a direct link between oligopeptide-1 and improved cellular growth and differentiation in humans.

How to choose the best option? Just like when purchasing any other personal care product, the right foot cream for you depends on a unique balance of your specific needs and preferences.

For example, if you’re on the hunt for the absolute lowest priced option, FootMedix seems to have a lot of competition in front of it. However, if you’re primarily focused on customer feedback and a unique formulation, it seems many people reported that its meaningfully higher provided meaningfully better results.

On the other hand, if you’re primarily focused on getting rid of a bacterial infection, a clotrimazole cream might provide more value (although probably not the same level of moisturization) than FootMedix for the money.

What does all of this mean for you? We’ll wrap everything up in just a second, but let’s first talk about the person behind FootMedix.

Who Is Dr. David Watts, MD?

According to his bio on the FootMedix website, Dr. David Watts is a double-board certified plastic surgeon, President of QuadASF, a proud Army Major, and a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, Dr. Watts works as CEO of Dr. Watts' Skin Care International (no additional information available online) and President-Elect for the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF).

He’s also Medical Director and CEO for Watts Plastic Surgery Association, Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Will FootMedix by Dermal Medix Cure Your Foot Problems?

Even if you don’t have diabetes, calluses can cause a great deal of discomfort, and can even be a cause for concern under the right circumstances. And almost all of us have experienced dry skin at some point, as well as the tight itchiness that can result.

Will FootMedix’s ingredients help address either of these issues? Based on what we learned from authoritative websites like WebMD, it seems the vast majority could help trap moisture against the skin and relieve dryness.

In turn, it’s reasonable to believe that this moisturization could also help soften calluses and reduce the discomfort they cause.

And while FootMedix seems to be up against a lot of other callus and cracked skin creams, you won’t find their unique formulation anywhere else. And not to sound like a broken record, but it appears most customers are pleased with the formulation’s results, despite its (sometimes much) higher price.

But if FootMedix ultimately doesn’t provide the results or the value you were expecting, Dermal Medix seems to stand behind their formulation with a 90-day money back guarantee. Just keep in mind that you could lose a few bucks in S&H, as with any other online order.

In the end, the choice is up to you. But if you’re looking to boost hydration from products you already own, be sure to read Making the Most Out of Your Moisturizer!

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127 Customer Reviews for FootMedix by Dermal Medix

Average Customer Rating: 4.7
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 99 4 star: 20 3 star: 3 2 star: 3 1 star:  2
Bottom Line: 94% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Exceeded expectations

    I had trouble with cracked skin on my heels and between toes that was limiting my ability to walk any real distance. Since using FootMedix regularly, I am back to enjoying walks outside without pain! I am normally a bit skeptical about claims about these types of products, but I must admit FootMedix exceeded my expectations.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Finally healed!

    I tried so many products before this and nothing worked. My feet were severely cracked and dry, that it even hurt to walk. I even used products highly recommended by my podiatrist and still no improvement. Within a few weeks with FootMedix, all healed!

    I called my doctor and told him about it because he has many diabetic patients that I know will benefit. He thanked me!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Soft and smooth...

    • New Jersey,
    • Sep 17, 2017
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    FootMedix has been a Godsend for me. I am an 80 plus-year-old diabetic and have had problems with my feet for the past 3-4 years. I have tried other creams and lotions, looking for the one that would give some relief to my dried and cracked feet.

    To be fair, it wasn't an instant success. It was not until I reached the end of my second tube, did the transformation finally take hold. As directed, I applied the cream twice a day. In the morning before setting out for the day and again at the end of the day, just before bedtime.

    No longer am I ashamed to take my shoes off at the foot doctors office for his maintenance checks. Thank you Dermal Medix.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Only product that has ever worked!

    • Escondido, CA,
    • Sep 15, 2017
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    I was amazed how well it worked, even after just one use. I have tried many other products over the years and NOTHING helped. I'm very thankful I have found FootMedix.

    Thank you!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Great product

    I am extremely happy with this product. After one week I noticed a huge difference on the bottoms/heels of my feet as well as the skin around my toenails that also tend to get dry and hard. I used to spend 10-15 minutes per foot every couple of weeks using the heavy duty emory-type scrapers and leave a pile of dead skin on the floor. Now every 2-3 weeks, I spend about one minute per foot, and so little dryness is there. Plus the skin color is pinker, and the fissures around the heel base are totally gone.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Excellent experience with FootMedix

    I was very pleasantly surprised to see the quick improvement in the appearance of the skin of my feet and ankles even after the first weeks use! This is an excellent product and it fulfills all that is promised and all that it is purported to do. The pliable, plastic container is easy to use and is easy to cut open to salvage every precious drop of the cream once one gets to the bottom of the tube.

    I will definitely recommend this product without reservation.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Improved

    At first, I thought it was going to be another waste of time with creams that did not work. However, I was surprised that only after a few days the dryness and cracks started to disappear. I have been using the cream right after a shower for about two weeks. My feet are better but not completely.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Cracked, splitting heels and fingers

    • Detroit, MI,
    • Sep 11, 2017
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    I have long had a problem with the heels on my feet cracking. After using FootMedix, I no longer have a problem with my heels. It has also prevented my finger tips from splitting and bleeding.

    A "big yes" to this product! Get some; it works!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    An honest miracle in healing

    I have tried many different products, including raw Shea Butter straight from Ghana. I am diabetic, so I have also tried products the required prescriptions, and were supposed to have powerful formulas specifically for certain conditions. None of these products have come close to the comprehensive, instant results I have personally experienced using FootMedix.

    I have to admit, I was very reluctant to make the initial purchase, and had serious doubts all the way up until my first use. Before trying the product, I was peeling away layers of cracked, dry and painful skin patches every day. Although I knew there were certain things like getting your feet wet that caused additional dryness, I was stuck with the symptoms because I take showers daily, and found certain precautions unduly burdensome. It has been frustrating and a chore to keep my normal living areas free from the constant litter of tiny dry skin particles constantly being picked, or shedding from my sore feet.

    FootMedix stopped ALL of the major symptoms within the FIRST day of use. Healing of the skin on the bottom of both of my feet was evident the FIRST week, and even my wife thought it was an incredible change.

    It may be hard to understand if you have not experienced the severity of skin problems I have described, but the issue was starting to become such a problem, that it was influencing my willingness to participate in otherwise enjoyable family and other social events. It was awkward and embarrassing to walk "normally" when in so much pain from extremely dry, cracked skin.

    I never thought I would ever find a product that actually worked as advertised, and Dr. Watts's online videos were often too good to be true, but were so detailed in the clinical descriptions, that it was hard to deny, and even the most skeptical patient can sense the "sincerity" in the good Dr. Watts's desire to help his most vulnerable patients; disabled veterans. I was more convinced by his dedication to this group (and I'm not a veteran) than any other components of the product advertising.

    Thank you Dr. Watts.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    This stuff is magic

    Prior to Foot Medix, all over-the-counter lotions and jelly only served as a temporary relief for dry, rough and unattractive skin around my feet. My right foot was especially challenged, but happily, it has almost completely healed. I consider myself lucky to have found this marketing video and reacted with a purchase.

    Thank You.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • My experience

    My wife and I both enjoy the difference this cream makes. It's hard to do it twice a day, but when we do, you can tell a great deal of difference in the softening of the heel area. Even if just before bed, our feet seem to feel better and on into the next day.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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