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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553 Consumer Reviews for FootMedix by Dermal Medix

Average Consumer Rating: 4.8
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5 star: 454 4 star: 81 3 star: 10 2 star: 5 1 star:  3
Bottom Line: 98% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Desperate for help!

    • Florida,
    • Sep 21, 2018
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    I am desperate for help with my right foot ONLY! I'm not sure what the problem is caused by, but I am desperate for relief from the itching that I have on the bottom of the foot.

    I have been to several doctors, and no one really seems to know what the problem is. Athlete's foot? It does not really look like fungus. Cracking? Only if I scratch the foot so hard and so deep that I create the cracks.

    The itching can occur several times a day or may not itch for a week or more. The itch is not consistent. Sometimes I can't stop scratching because the itch doesn't go away until I break the skin open and it is now bleeding. Then, in order to walk the next day, I would superglue the crack shut. I can't tell you when the itch would begin, again.

    After reading about this amazing product called FootMedix, I felt that I had to give it a try. The product is really not for itching, but I do know that it heals the cracks, I create from the scratching, faster than the superglue does. I have noticed that there is a tingling sensation when applied to the sole of my foot. It is nice to be able to touch the bottom of my foot, and it does not itch.

    The itching comes up less frequently, and when I scratch, it does not continue into an unceasing desire to scratch off the bottom of my foot.

    Using the product twice a day, I believe that FootMedix is beginning to help me with my problem! I have high hopes and am going to use this product for the entire three month's supply that I purchased.

    So far, so good! I am so happy to not have this itch, then pain, then the uncertainty of when it will happen, again.

    Thank you, Dr. Watts, for your love and concern for our feet!

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

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  • Feet never looked better

    • Montana,
    • Sep 20, 2018
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    I have been experiencing rough, cracked heels and callus buildup. I get callus removal with a pedicure, but it just seems to make them dryer after a few days. After using FootMedix for a couple of weeks, my skin was greatly improved. The cracking was healing. The skin on my feet was taking on a nice glow. It is so nice to be in bed with smooth feet not snagging my nice sheets. I love this product!

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

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  • Not sticky, oily, or messy!

    • Maumee, OH,
    • Sep 17, 2018
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    I have been using the foot cream for about 3 weeks. I don't always remember to use it twice a day, but I try to use it at least once a day after washing my feet. They recommend rubbing it in for at least a minute, but I only rub it on my feet for about 30 seconds; that works ok, but may help more if it is rubbed in longer time. I like that it is not sticky, oily, or messy! No unpleasant smell. I bought it for a lower price right from the product website. Amazon and other sites were at least $1-2 more.

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

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  • Softer skin and reduction of callous

    • Delaware,
    • Sep 15, 2018
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    I had a serious callous on my right foot at the joint behind the big toe that nothing else seemed to work to relieve the pain.

    After about two weeks the callous is starting to break up and I can file away some of the hard skin and soften the painful area.

    Each day the area seems to be getting better and less painful.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Dermal Medix, the answer to a doctor's foot problems!

    • Honolulu, HI,
    • Sep 13, 2018
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    I am a retired 82-year-old Pediatrician with a very clinical mind. I had been fighting dry, shedding, slightly inflamed occasionally cracking and tender skin on my foot bottoms and dorsal parts of hands and fingers. I tried a variety of antifungal, hydrating (10% urea) and steroidal creams over a two or three-year time period to no avail. Two weeks after twice a day Dermal Medix treatment, my skin was virtually clear and very comfortable. Callus formation was never my problem. Hats off to Dr. Freeman and Dermal FootMedix!

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

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  • FootMedix by Dermal Medix

    • Houston, TX,
    • Sep 11, 2018
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    I have been using Foot Medix since August 7, 2018, and I just love the results. I was diagnosed with Scleroderma in 1984, and my skin tissue is super tight and thick, but Foot Medix has clearly softened my the calluses and general bottom area of my feet that have plagued me for years.

    Thanks so much for this help. I hope that you guys will allow me to just order more product when I need it because I've been on disability since 1992 and my finances will not allow me to purchase early, just as needed. But I humbly request that my price stays the same, if possible at the 71% discount for me every three months. I can only afford to use one tube per month. But this product is a WONDER that I have been looking for absolutely for many, many years.

    Thanks to you, Dr. Watts, and your research and dedication to help us all. May God Continue to bless you.

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

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  • Superior Dermal skin cream that is beneficial on all areas of the body

    • Dunedin, FL,
    • Sep 11, 2018
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    This is the best skin cream that I have ever used. Even though what I ordered is supposed to be a foot cream and it is excellent for on the feet, but it is also excellent for use anywhere on the body. This company may have other formulations that are intended for other body parts, but I have found that this foot cream is superior to any other skin cream for use on all body areas. As far as the foot application, it does help treat callouses and bunions on the feet, and with daily application, there is a noticeable improvement in all skin areas of the feet. I would like to try other formulations that are intended for other body parts also, just to see if they could be any better than the foot formula. I am very pleased with the quality and performance of this product and would recommend it to anyone who has a need for a good skin cream.

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

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  • My feet look pink again!

    • California,
    • Sep 10, 2018
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    Since I've been using Dermal Medix, my feet no longer are white and flaky. They have the nice natural pink color they should have. The deep cracks on my heels are slowly disappearing, and I no longer scratch my husband with my feet under the covers. This stuff works awesome! I've tried every product out there, and nothing comes close to Dermal Medix in healing my feet. Thank you!

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

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  • Having GREAT results!

    • Texas,
    • Sep 8, 2018
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    I've been using the product on my feet for a little over three weeks with SMOOTH results. I'm 72 years old, and my feet were looking even older. Today they look like they did when I was 32. The callous on my feet are starting to disappear. Can't thank you enough for this GREAT product.

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

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  • My feet

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Sep 8, 2018
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    I started using FootMedix on 8/1/18. After applying the cream for two weeks, there was a slight tingling in my foot, and the calluses became smooth, and the fissures were healing. I admit I do wear tennis shoes a lot, especially for my hour walks at the park. I always have to put lotion on my feet, but a few days ago, I noticed an open cut. I used peroxide, waited for about 10 minutes and applied the cream. Since I had to leave the house, l had to use band-aids so it wasn't painful while walking. I realize I have dry cracked feet and I am always using the cream, lotion, and Vaseline, and I wear flip flops around the house. I sent pictures yesterday to Dr. Watts and hope they were received. Why am I constantly getting small cuts in my feet? I like the FootMedix, but not the open cuts.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    A miracle foot cream

    • New York,
    • Sep 6, 2018
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    FootMedix by Dermal Medix is a miracle foot cream in my opinion. The first time I applied it, I thought it will take me a few days or weeks before I get a miraculous result. Well, I got this "miraculous result" after one application, overnight! I applied it at night. The next day, I woke up and my feet were baby soft, after being cracked and damaged from dryness and calluses for a few years. I have tried practically every foot cream for dry, cracked, foot condition. I can't believe the result I got from Dermal Medix.

    I have only used it for two weeks now, and I am proud to be able to wear sands again, showing my pretty feet, at last. Thank you very much Dermal Medix! This is service deluxe! All these daily joys, when I look at my feet and caress them with my hands. So soft, so silky, I am thrilled.

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

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