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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574 Consumer Reviews for FootMedix by Dermal Medix

Average Consumer Rating: 4.8
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5 star: 471 4 star: 83 3 star: 11 2 star: 6 1 star:  3
Bottom Line: 97% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Callouses reduced in size

    • Spokane, WA,
    • Nov 7, 2018
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    I have had a fungus infection for some time, along with hard and painful callouses. The callouses have been reduced by quite a bit and the pain is also reduced. I could not see much difference for a couple of weeks, probably because of the condition of my feet, but after two or three weeks I could tell that something was making a change.

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

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  • Re: Absorbent and works great on my hands and feet.

    • Texas,
    • Nov 4, 2018
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    I like that it is very smooth, not greasy like a lot of other lotions, and it does not smell bad like most of the foot products out there. I try lots of them. The only thing is the design on the bottle is hard to come out the lotion, especially with my carpal tunnel, I have to work hard to squeeze it out to use. But so far it's one of the best ones I have tried so far. I hope it helps to diminish my calculus because that is going to be a big plus.

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

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  • Best foot product EVER!

    • Mississippi,
    • Nov 4, 2018
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    I decided to try this foot product; it seemed as if nothing else was going to help. They had the promotion going, so I bought six bottles. I gave one bottle to my husband, one to my sister, and one to my daughter. I kept the other three. I used the product for a month, applying to my feet after showering. The results are amazing. I haven't been to get a pedicure, and my feet are smooth, healthy looking, and soooo much softer. I asked my husband, sister, and daughter if they experienced similar results and they were very excited and pleased with their results. They've asked me for another bottle, but I gave them the website instead. Although I absolutely love this product, I would like it better if it was less expensive and in a jar rather than a tube. I feel like I'm leaving some of the miraculous foot cream inside the tube.

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

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  • Dermal Medix usage

    • Waukegan, IL,
    • Nov 3, 2018
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    I began using it three to four times a day and have seen great results. I continue now still using it three times a day and find it has stopped working as it did in the beginning. I add it to using my pumice daily and then apply the cream, but compared to how my feet were - this cream actually works.

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

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  • Excellent results with the FootMedix. Best product I have ever found to use on my feet.

    • Booneville, MS,
    • Nov 1, 2018
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    I have tried multiple products to aid in preventing dry cracking and scaly feet. I had about given up on ever finding a product that worked. I happen to see an ad for FootMedix and decided to give it a try. What did I have to lose? I did doubt that it would work either, but decided to give one last product a try. I am so glad I did. My feet are now soft to touch. No more dry, cracking, scaly feet. Thank you for this product.

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

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  • Calluses on feet

    • Albuquerque, NM,
    • Oct 30, 2018
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    I have been using it twice a day. The calluses on my left foot have gone down but still exist under big toe and side of the little toe. The right foot is better.

    I would not recommend this yet until my left foot is better.

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

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    • Oct 30, 2018

      Sloane, Customer Care Specialist

      Hi Ray, my name is Sloane with DermalMedix. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! Many of our customers see maximum changes after 90 days of consistent use so I encourage you to continue using FootMedix. If after this time you are unsatisfied or unimproved, please email me at sloane@dermalmedix.com and I will be more than happy to issue you a full refund just for giving the product a try.

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  • FootMedix is great!

    • Georgetown, TX,
    • Oct 19, 2018
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    I love FootMedix! Since using FootMedix my feet have become much softer. You must be consistent in using this product, that is part of the key. I am a product tester and I buy and test a lot of items to see if they prove to be truthful. Every product doesn't work for everyone, but if the majority says so, its probably a valid product. I always tell people I can recommend something, however, you need to try it for yourself. My feet have become so much softer and out of 6 calluses, I only have 2 stubborn calluses left. I've tried many products on my feet, but this by far has been the best. My heels were never cracked, but they were hard. Now my heels are soft, from using FootMedix. I work and do a lot of walking on my feet on my job, so my feet are very important to me. FootMedix has been good for my feet, and I have now started using it on my hands. I hope to get the same results as my feet!

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

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  • FootMedix does as advertised

    • Anthem, AZ,
    • Oct 18, 2018
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    I have VERY dry flaky feet. Regular super moisturizing hand lotion hasn't helped treat my feet. I saw an ad for FootMedix and decided to try it. Immediately I could feel the skin on my feet "relax." In a couple of days, I could see flakiness start peeling off. I could start scraping off the peeling skin and getting to see the REAL skin underneath. After using it for a month, there is very little peeling taking place. No more grey awful looking skin but nice pink skin. I use it every day and look forward to seeing normal skin from now on.

    Thank you for creating this product. It does what the ads say about it. By the way, I'm 81 years old and have had foot skin problems for many years, so this product is a Godsend for me!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Good results in one month

    • Waco, TX,
    • Oct 16, 2018
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    I thought about ordering this for a few days before ordering because the price was a little high for my budget. I have tried a lot of things including pedicures, Vaseline, even vinegar soaks and filing my feet. Also, the two places that I had broken dry skin is no longer broken and is also no longer as dry as it was. The cracks are hardly visible and definitely not cracks anymore.

    I have been applying DMX Foot Medix each night for a little over one month. My feet are considerably softer and smoother without any other action by me. I feel that I will need another month, maybe two, before all dry hard skin is totally gone with only soft skin remaining. I have been telling my friends and family about this. It truly is different than any other product that I have used on my feet. So far, none of the dry skin that has disappeared has returned, and I am so very thankful for that.

    My only complaint is that it comes out of the tube very slowly and requires you to squeeze and push it really hard to get enough on your hand to apply. Once it is out of the tube, it applies easily and is absorbed quickly. It used to hurt to walk because of the cracks, and now I do not have to apply bandages. For the first time in many years, my feet are not dry and hard. It is hard to believe this, but FootMedix by DermalMedix really does work and is worth every penny.

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

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  • New feet.

    • Oregon, IL,
    • Oct 16, 2018
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    The FootMedix has turned my old, cracked and dry 71-year-old feet into nice, soft, young looking and feeling feet.

    No more cracks to super glue.

    I will be recommending FootMedix is everyone I know. Thanks to Dr. Watts.

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

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  • Works so fast

    • Hemet, CA,
    • Oct 16, 2018
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    I must confess that I have mistreated my feet over my almost 75 years. My feet were terribly calloused, and no matter what I did, I could never get them smooth and pink.

    A month ago, when I received my order, I began to use the cream several times a day. I was so surprised when I cleaned my feet the dead skin just sloughed off. Now once a day is all I need to keep them good as new.

    Before two tubes of FootMedix were gone, my feet looked like they belonged to someone else. Now the skin on the soles of my feet is smooth and supple, and my heels are no longer cracked and rough. I'm very pleased with the results. Thank you, Dr. Watts.

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

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