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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515 Consumer Reviews for FootMedix by Dermal Medix

Average Consumer Rating: 4.8
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5 star: 423 4 star: 75 3 star: 9 2 star: 5 1 star:  3
Bottom Line: 97% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Great results trying it on scars

    • Mountain Home, ID,
    • Jul 21, 2018
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    I ordered and was a little skeptical because I have plantar fasciitis and am on my feet a lot so I also have a lot of calluses, as well as a couple of troublesome corns. I use lotions and Vaseline on my feet daily and they don't get worse, but it is hard to keep them under control even with medicines the Podiatrist has recommended. So I tried the DermalMedix in hopes it would be a little better. To my amazement they are. I have seen a noticeable difference since using this product.

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

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  • Excellent my third order

    • Canada,
    • Jul 21, 2018
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    My feet were terrible. I take very good care of my feet, but my feet were cracked, dry, and sore. I was constantly on my feet for work. I have used every kind of lotion, etc.

    I have now used this product, Dermal Medix, one complete tube and wow, amazing! I have soft, smooth feet, and very small little cracks but 99% improvement. Awesome, seriously.

    I’ve also used on the front of my shins, which now are healthy, not sore. My arms and elbows are amazing, soft, and smooth.

    I love this product. I’m seriously on my third order.

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

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  • Excellent product - hopefully price will come down

    • Tennessee,
    • Jul 21, 2018
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    This is an excellent product. I must say I was truly surprised, I didn't expect the results that I have experienced. I have tried several other bargain brand foot lotions and treatments. FootMedix has by far outperformed all of the bargain brand treatments as far as moisturizing and improving.

    I have been using this product for about a month and a half now and am pleased with the results. I no longer have the cracks on my heals that had plagued me for so long. It seems that the other callouses on my feet might be diminishing as well. Some of these other callouses may be due to ill-fitting shoes, and I will continue using the product until it is depleted to see the results at that point.

    My only negative feedback regarding the product would be the cost. I understand that a quality product is not cheap to make, and that the manufacturer needs to be profitable to be able to keep providing the product. I am hoping with time that Dr. Watts will be able to find a way to lower the price of this product. I feel that there is a great percentage of the adult population that could benefit from the product, but that a good number of these folks would find it cost prohibitive, and never enjoy healing healthy feet.

    To summarize, I am enjoying the product. I am looking forward to the end of the three months to see how my feet are. At that point, I will assess the value vs. the benefit to see if I can justify another order.

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

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  • Pretty good product

    • Hawaii,
    • Jul 20, 2018
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    My feet weren't severely cracked but its always been very dry with lines, so I decided to try this product. Upon using it, I saw how the skin became red with circulation blood flow which made it look quite nice, and I will be using it regularly. I thank you, and my daughter thanks you since I gave her a tube.

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

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  • Working for me and my husband!

    • North Palm Beach, FL,
    • Jul 20, 2018
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    I bought this originally for my husband's feet and they are getting better after a month.

    I have recently developed psoriasis on both hands and fingers. FootMedix takes out the burning sensation in less than 5 minutes and relief lasts as long as I don’t wash dishes by hand or garden without my protective gloves on. I also use some guidelines as to diet triggers since psoriasis is Auto Immune disease. Cleaning up diet helps. Tea Tree Oil, Dimethicone, and Shea butter are three ingredients in FootMedix that I use in other forms, and when I heard from the online video that they were part of the formula, I knew it would work.

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

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  • Happy feet

    • Akron, OH,
    • Jul 20, 2018
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    I am so happy with my results from FootMedix, I finally found something that will work on my feet after trying many different creams and gadgets. I have been telling all my family and friends about FootMedix, my search is over. Thank you!

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

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  • Good progress after 30 days!

    • California,
    • Jul 20, 2018
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    Good progress after one month of use. I still have cracking in both heels, but they appear to be diminishing. I also have been using the product on calluses on the outer side of both big toes. It looks like those calluses are diminishing, but more slowly than the cracked heels. I should have a better idea for a full yes or no recommendation after another six weeks of use (or until current supply expires).

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

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  • The only product that I've found that cured my cracked sore feet.

    • Corpus Christi, TX,
    • Jul 17, 2018
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    I had trouble walking because my feet were so painful from deep fissures and cracks. I'd tried so many products and nothing helped, until I tried FootMedix. Within just a few days the fissures, cracks, and pain were gone. Now, three weeks later my feet are smooth and as soft as they were in my early 20s.

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

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  • My heals have never been so soft

    • Simi Valley, CA,
    • Jul 17, 2018
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    I love this product. I have spent decades trying everything imaginable to cure my dry heals. Dry heals run in our family. I even gave a tube to my sister to try, and she loves it. I will be careful about recommending this to all my friends and family.

    I use it twice a day without fail.

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

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  • Dermal Medix works

    • Golden, CO,
    • Jul 17, 2018
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    It softens and is eliminating calluses on my feet that I have had for years. Husband also uses it on his bald head to eliminate flacking skin! I recommended it to a nurse who specializes in treating senior citizens.

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

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  • Price

    • Corona, CA,
    • Jul 17, 2018
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    I like the product, the only problem that I have with it is that is the price. The tube looks like a regular size cream lotion but the amount in it is very small, only 3 oz. I buy a similar product from another company that the tube is 4.5 oz for about a 1/5 of the price of this one. So for that reason, I would not buy it again or recommend to someone else.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jul 18, 2018

      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Hi Xinia, my name is Sloane with DermalMedix. Thank you for taking the time to leave a response. FootMedix is priced this way to reflect the high-quality ingredients that make up the product. I hope you have seen improvements from using this product and if you haven’t, please feel free to email me at sloane@dermalmedix.com. I would love to hear your feedback and issue you a full refund, just for giving our product a try.

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