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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224 Consumer Reviews for FootMedix by Dermal Medix

Average Consumer Rating: 4.7
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5 star: 181 4 star: 35 3 star: 3 2 star: 3 1 star:  2
Bottom Line: 97% would recommend it to a friend
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  • A surprising product

    Normally I am a "doubting Thomas," but this time I was fooled by a great product.

    I recently returned from Hawaii where I purchased two new pairs of sandals. After returning to our hotel, I found a huge blister on the inside of my left foot. It did not want to heal properly, ending up with a good-sized callus. Being diabetic, it was a concern.

    Long story short, after using FootMedix not only did my feet look and feel better, but the callus healed and fell off. A great product!

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

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  • Derma Medix

    • Upper Sandusky, OH,
    • Jan 15, 2018
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    Absolutely awesome product. All corns and callous are gone. Also works well on winter cracks on your hands. I have shared it with many people who also enjoy the product.

    I will definitely be making additional purchases.

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

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  • Helped me with relief from the discomfort of an illness.

    • Elyria, OH,
    • Jan 15, 2018
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    I suffer from small fiber neuropathy, and I have much pain and discomfort in my feet and hands, plus throughout my body. I use FootMedix not just on my feet, but also on my hands and legs. These products and ingredients have been very beneficial in alleviating my discomfort and pain. Thank you very much for FootMedix.

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

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  • Excellent results so far

    I ordered FootMedix because my wife suffered badly with cracked skin on her feet and I was worried it would develop into something worse. So far without even using it daily, which she is now, we have seen excellent results with the cracks in her feet becoming finer, and we're sure with consistent use they will disappear completely. So, thank you for this product.

    Regards.

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

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  • It is working

    It is working as advertised with me. I started feeling less pain almost from the first day I used it.

    I have PAD, and it has made my feet turn into two big unending bruises. I use cruise control most of the time so I don't have to use my feet driving.

    If it keeps improving, I will be grateful.

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

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  • Incredible results

    I have been using FootMedix for around four weeks now, and it is amazing the improvement I have seen on my feet and heels. I have always had quite severe cracks, and nothing seemed to help.

    My feet feel so different now, and I am excited to be able to wear open backed shoes again without embarrassment.

    I can't rate this product highly enough!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    WOW, what a surprise!

    I don’t have really bad feet, but I do have thick calloused big toes and some heel roughness which required nightly scraping and then goopy creams that ruined my sheets. Over the years, I have tried everything new that I could find with limited results. I did not expect anything to be different this time and even kept the shipper box the product arrived in so I could return it before the end of the trial.

    I am very happy to say that this product really does work, so for the first time in years, I am able to have feet that feel and look good. The product is not greasy and absorbs quickly, so I am no longer replacing stained sheets every few months.

    Thank you for such a wonderful product that actually delivers what it promised.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Are these really MY feet?

    • Tavernier, FL,
    • Jan 3, 2018
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    I was skeptical but hopeful (aka desperate!) when I ordered FootMedix. But wow, this is really an effective product! Incredible. I hardly recognize my own feet now after using it twice a day for about a month. The results have been pretty dramatic for such a short time! I wish I had taken "Before" and "After" photos.

    I wouldn't go so far as to say my 63-year-old feet are "beautiful," but they sure are not conspicuously nasty or embarrassingly gross anymore! What an incredible improvement. My feet look younger. Smoother. Moisturized. They don't draw attention to themselves anymore or induce cringes.

    The dry scaly crusty deep cracking on my heels and big toes is practically gone. The extremely tough thickened callused skin on the back-bottoms of my heels was beyond unsightly, and even sharp to the touch. Awful! But with daily application of FootMedix, that thickened skin has diminished by probably 80-90%. I am hoping that with a bit more time and supplementing with occasional use of Amope PediPerfect, I can have truly soft healthy feet with no more hard "pads" on my heels.

    Thank you for this wonderfully safe and effective odorless easy-to-use product! It really is almost too good to be true.

    But, yep, these are my feet!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Best yet

    • Indian Head Park, IL,
    • Jan 3, 2018
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    My brother and I are both diabetics. We have extremely dry skin on our feet. Dermal Medix is the best foot cream we've found. Even better than the prescription one I had. I would like to continue using it, but it might be cost prohibitive.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    FoodMedix - amazing, amazing product!

    I ordered FootMedix several months ago. I've used it sparingly (due to the cost) on my feet and it works wonderfully.

    But what really surprised me was when the night before last I (in desperation) used it on my fingers and nails.

    In the winter my fingers get dry and crack at the sides of my nails, and it is very painful. Also, my nails break and fluff off in layers. For years this has made my winters miserable and no treatments I've tried seem to heal help. I've used several treatments from vitamin E oil, to numerous lotions to try to correct both problems. Nothing seems to work, and I end up fighting this all winter long.

    Well, the other night I rubbed FoodMedix into the cracks and then heavily layered the product again onto the layered tips of my nails and again the cracked skin. I then put on band-aids and left them on maybe 12 hours. When I took the band-aids off, I couldn't believe the results. After one time trying this, my fingers don't hurt to the touch; the cracks seem to have healed, substantially to the point there is no pain and my nails, although still layered, seem to not be layering further up the nail and feel slightly stronger. Granted, this is from trying it just one time, so I plan to keep using FootMedix on my nails and skin around the nails. I'll keep you all posted on the results.

    Thanks Dermal Medix!

    Very Happy in Kansas! Cheers.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Works great

    • College Grove, TN,
    • Dec 30, 2017
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    It started working right away. My feet had started to stay calloused, and feeling very rough. The more I smoothed them out, it would still feel rough soon after. This is such a relief and no more rubbing off the rough calloused skin. My feet are now soft and SMOOTH!

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

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