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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439 Consumer Reviews for FootMedix by Dermal Medix

Average Consumer Rating: 4.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 365 4 star: 62 3 star: 5 2 star: 4 1 star:  3
Bottom Line: 98% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Works great

    • Hattiesburg, MS,
    • May 26, 2018
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    I have suffered with cracked heels for years. In the winter they crack so badly that they bleed. I have looked everywhere for relief, and I've tried all sorts of creams, and this is clearly the only one I have found that actually works.

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

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  • Best foot cream I ever used!

    • Salt Lake City, UT,
    • May 26, 2018
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    This foot cream is remarkable. I’ve used all the other creams available out there on the market, and nothing compares to FootMedix. It moisturized and softened my dry, cracked feet within the first week of use. I have type two diabetes, and my feet have been getting worse and worse every year, but this cream has made all the difference. My heels were developing major crack and fissures that have been very uncomfortable, but that is all eliminated now because of FootMedix cream. An outstanding product that anyone suffering with dry cracked feet should be using.

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

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  • Miracle for my feet!

    • Crockett, CA,
    • May 25, 2018
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    I was very skeptical when I saw the commercial. I just rolled my eyes and said: "won’t work on my feet!" Unfortunately, for me, I inherited my mother's horrible callused foot skin. I have probably tried everything on the market, and I’m always really embarrassed to go get pedicures. One day my husband was in the room when the commercial came on, and I once again rolled my eyes and said, yeah right. My husband said maybe you should give it a try, what do you have to lose?

    I thought about it for about a month and finally ordered a bottle. OMG! My feet are beautiful now! This stuff truly is a miracle. Now I wish I would have taken before pictures. I will use this stuff for the rest of my days.

    Thank you.

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

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  • Healthier looking feet

    • Hollywood, FL,
    • May 25, 2018
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    I usually don't write any reviews, but this product is well worth it.

    I started using FootMedix about a month ago. I saw the ad and decided to watch the video. I was impressed and thought why not. If it doesn't work, I will send it back.

    Living in Florida, I am always barefoot. The balls of feet were badly callused and always looked dirty. My heels were so badly cracked that I started wearing closed shoes.

    Well, I received this product and after just three days my feet started to look and feel so much better. I have been using FootMedix now for about a month and can honestly say that the results are amazing.

    My calluses have just about disappeared, and my heels are so much smoother and healthier. I have tried so many products to have smoother younger looking feet for a long time and nothing has worked. FootMedix does. It is such a noticeable difference, and I am back to wearing sandals again.

    Thank you.

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

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  • So far so good

    • Florida,
    • May 25, 2018
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    This product is wonderful. My athlete's feet disappeared and the itch in my foot gone. And the rough skin is slowly disappearing, but my calluses are still little hard, but of course, in time. I only started a few weeks ago, and just like any other stuff we used, it takes time to work. But this cream, the minute you put them on like they said, you can feel the difference. I love, love, love this stuff.

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

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  • Excellent product

    • Yucca Valley, CA,
    • May 25, 2018
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    I’m so happy I found FootMedix. I had a terrible dry skin problem on one heel and my right thumb only. I tried prescribed skin cream and many other over the counter products with no improvement. My podiatrist would just scrape my dry skin off. It got to the point that the dead skin scabbed up and was cracking and bleeding. I was at my wit’s end because it was so painful to walk. I needed a cane at that point and would walk on my toes.

    When I received FootMedix, I followed instructions, slathered it on at first and then twice a day. What a relief! Day by day, my dead skin was falling off. I noticed a huge difference and improvement. This product did what no doctor could do. I am forever grateful. I’ve only been using it a month. At this rate, all my dead skin will be gone.

    I am an extremely satisfied customer and will continue to order as needed.

    Thank you so much for this great product. I am extremely grateful!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great product

    • Brandon, FL,
    • May 24, 2018
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    I have only been using the product for about two weeks so far, and it seems to be working quite well. I had to increase the number of times a day that I use it though, about four. One main thing to remember is don't use it on hard callous feet. I soak my feet in hot Epsom salts prior to applying it to get them nice and soft on the bottom. You will notice a difference almost immediately. By using that little soaking trick, it makes a great product. I would recommend to anyone.

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

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  • Best dry skin treatment

    • New South Wales, Australia,
    • May 24, 2018
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    I have always had extremely dry, callused, feet which become painful from the buildup of skin. Wearing nylon stockings and being on my feet for very long hours as a flight attendant has always been difficult keeping the dry skin under control. However, since using FootMedix every day, it has changed my life.

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

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  • It's working pretty good

    • West Virginia,
    • May 22, 2018
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    I have been using it for a couple of weeks now. You can really tell that it is working. So far so good. I was hoping a little better, but it will take time. Yes, I would recommend for people to try it. I'm glad I tried it. Hopefully, a few more weeks and it should be a lot better.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Miracle in a tube!

    I honestly thought it would take longer to get results. Within a week there was already an improvement, and my feet were to the point where large grafts were practically missing from being so dry. I’m very satisfied!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Vast improvement in dry skin and callouses on our feet.

    I purchased this cream mainly for my disabled husband's feet and also began using it on my feet. The softness of the skin on our feet has greatly improved, and the callouses on my feet are shrinking in size and I have much less discomfort. I was worried I would be battling these callouses into my elder years (I am in my sixties). My flexibility to reach my feet isn't improving, but my callouses are getting smaller and less painful every day.

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

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