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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180 Consumer Reviews for FootMedix by Dermal Medix

Average Consumer Rating: 4.7
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 143 4 star: 29 3 star: 3 2 star: 3 1 star:  2
Bottom Line: 96% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Great stuff

    I've been using FootMedix for a few weeks now and I really like it. My feet are starting to soften nicely. It's taking a little longer for me because I don't have time to slather it on twice a day. I only do it once a day after a shower. I also really like using it as a hand cream. Since it's a cream, there's no drippy mess, there's no odor, and it's non-greasy. I think it's a high-quality product and I'm very happy with my purchase.

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

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  • Why did it stop working?

    • Clive, Iowa,
    • Nov 21, 2017
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    Hi! I was extremely pleased with the product for the first three weeks. Then it stopped working as well. I called and emailed customer service but didn't get any good reply. I ended up using a pumice stone on the callouses and then the cream. The cream appears to be working some. Maybe it had slowed down since the callouses are 70% gone? I believe they will disappear and I need to be patient. I will continue to use it and see what happens. I believe it is worth using.

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

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  • It works

    • Arizona,
    • Nov 20, 2017
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    I started using this product on my feet about four weeks ago, and my feet started out dry and scaly, and now they are becoming soft and pliable.

    Interestingly, I also had other dry places on my skin, as I live in a very dry climate. So I have been applying it to those other dry areas, and I am pleased to report they also responded favorably to the Dermal Medix cream.

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

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  • Works better than expected

    This product began working after just a few days. My feet used to be an embarrassment, but now they're completely smooth and soft. Nothing else compares to this stuff. You won't be sorry!

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

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  • Excellent results

    • Edwardsville, IL,
    • Nov 16, 2017
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    I love this product! My feet have been dried and cracked for many years. I was always embarrassed to wear sandals. My feet now look like they did when I was a teenager. I saw the difference in a matter of days. No more cracked, flaky, itchy skin.

    I have been using this product for less than two months and will never buy another foot cream again. I am sold for life.

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

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    • Nov 17, 2017

      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Hi Gail! I'm Sloane from DermalMedix. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! I am thrilled to hear that FootMedix has helped you regain your confidence and has softened your feet in the meantime! We truly love having you in the DermalMedix family. Please feel free to message me at Sloane@DermalMedix.com if you ever need anything!

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  • Good stuff

    I am not the user. I purchased this for my wife after seeing your add online. She scoffed at me when I placed the order. She has had rough scally dead skin on her feet for years and at times miserable with them. She has been using this product for about a month now, and her feet are completely smooth. She is thrilled.

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

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    • Nov 17, 2017

      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Harlin, thank you so much for thinking of your wife when you saw our ad! That is a very sweet gesture and we are so honored that we could be of assistance. Thank you to you and your wife for being a part of the DermalMedix family!

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  • Love the results

    • Arizona,
    • Nov 15, 2017
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    My feet were a cracked sore mess. Living in the desert and being barefoot all the time meant my feet were so dried out and sore. I've been using FootMedix for a month and they are back to being soft and callus free.

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

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    • Nov 17, 2017

      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Hi Liz! Sloane from DermalMedix here. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! I am so happy to hear that FootMedix has been able to relieve you of your dry feet while living in the desert! We are so honored to be a part of your journey! Thank you again!

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  • Finally, softer skin on my heels

    I've tried everything to get rid of the ugly cracks on my heels (Pumice stones, Amope Pedi Perfect, O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream), and FootMedix is the only thing that has worked for me! And it isn't greasy or smelly like other gels or creams. My feet are becoming softer every day.

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

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    • Nov 17, 2017

      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Hi Bonnie! Wow! It is truly an honor to hear that FootMedix is the only product that has worked for you. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about this. It made our day! Take care!

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  • Good results

    • Arcadia, FL,
    • Nov 14, 2017
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    Shared with family members whose need was greater than mine so I may not be using as much as I should. I liked the way it absorbed so I could put feet on sheets soon after applying. Not greasy. It is expensive though. I wish it could be a prescription.

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

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    • Nov 17, 2017

      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Hi Lynda! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! I'm so happy to hear that you were pleased with how quickly FootMedix absorbed into your feet! Regarding the price, FootMedix was created with the highest quality of ingredients so it is priced this way to reflect this. I am so sorry for the inconvenience. Please feel free to email me at sloane@dermalmedix.com if you have any questions or concerns!

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  • Amazing results

    • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
    • Nov 14, 2017
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    I have been going for light treatments on my feet for three years and using topical steroid creams as well for psoriasis. I have had results, but nothing like I was hoping for. I was tired of the skin on my heals cracking from using the steroid creams and was looking for something different.

    I decided to give FootMedix a try and thought "What do I have to lose?" WOW. After only one week, my feet were amazing. I couldn't believe the difference. My husband was so shocked and relieved to see my feet had cleared up to almost perfect in such a short time. Thank you for creating a product that works so well.

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

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      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Hi Reesa! Wow! Thank you so much for the glowing review! I am thrilled to hear that you have seen such positive results in such a short amount of time. On behalf of everyone at DermalMedix, we are so grateful to be a part of your journey to softer feet! Thank you for choosing us!

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  • I think it works

    I have used this product for already two weeks I think, and the feet already looks more better, but not fully yet, so I continue to put it on every single day. What I can say is the cracks on the heels are almost gone (I don't know how, but they are). I went to get a pedi yesterday, and after removing the callus, I can see my heels are in much better condition, but they are still not so pink. I will continue to use the cream and hope I will get the best results ever.

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

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      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Hi Larisa! I'm Sloane from DermalMedix. Thank you so much for leaving us a review! I am so happy to hear that you are starting to notice some results after using FootMedix! A lot of our customers can see a difference right away but typically it'll take 90-days for some of our customers to see the full results. If for any reason you are still not satisfied with your FootMedix experience, I would be more than happy to offer you a full refund! Just email me at Sloane@DermalMedix.com if that time ever comes. Take care!

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