FootMedix by Dermal Medix Review - Does This Formulation Work?

By HighYa Research Team
Updated on: Mar 13, 2020

Medically Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S

What is FootMedix?

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.

According to their site, the FootMedix active ingredients are intended to deliver rapid healing, provide deep moisturization, and keep sweat away from the skin.

Dr. Watts claims these ingredients can start working in just five minutes. According to the company, apply FootMedix to clean, dry feet twice daily, focusing on any areas where you're experiencing dry, damaged skin.

Can you expect FootMedix to leave you with healthier, more attractive feet?

We'll help you answer these questions and more by reviewing the active ingredients and highlighting any available support for their safety and efficacy.

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 softcore 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. They 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.

Callus formation can be especially dangerous in those with diabetes or other conditions that alter sensation in your feet. They can be completely unaware of the presence of a callus. Over time, this can further develop into open wounds known as ulcers.

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 the skin.

What Ingredients Are Found in FootMedix and Is the Formula Clinically Proven?

According to the Dermal Medix website, FootMedix contains the following ingredients:

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.

There are a handful of ingredients that Dermal Medix claims are responsible for the vast majority of the purported benefits, however. We'll dive a bit deeper into these.

Clotrimazole & Tea Tree Oil

Clotrimazole is an azole medication 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.

In a review of 72 trials, researchers found that azoles were effective in treating fungal infections. While another anti-fungal was slightly more effective, azoles are a more cost-effective treatment option.

The ability of tea tree oil to alleviate athlete's foot is less clear. Though it was as effective as another anti-fungal cream, it was comparable to the ability of placebo to relieve symptoms.

Human Epidermal Growth Factor (hEGF)

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.

A recent review of 7 studies investigated the ability of hEGF to treat diabetic foot ulcers. They concluded that the use of hEGF in conjunction with standard wound care measures improved the rate of healing when compared to placebo.

The researchers do suggest considering these findings with caution as the number of available studies was limited, and many factors weren't discussed during these investigations.

More research is needed to better characterize the potential benefits.

FootMedix As a Stand-Alone Product

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, there is no available support for these claims.

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.

The greatest risk is for using this product to manage dry, cracked, and painful feet without first determining the underlying cause. If your symptoms are related to poor circulation or ineffective regulation of blood sugars, treatment will entail much more than a foot cream.

For these reasons, it is imperative to speak with a physician about your symptoms first.

How Much Does FootMedix Cream Cost?

FootMedix is only available directly through Dermal Medix, and is priced as follows:

  • 1 Tube (1-month supply): $120
  • 2 Tubes: $228
  • 3 Tubes: $324

All of these options come with free S&H.

You will save if you purchase through Amazon; each tube is priced at $39.99 and ships free.

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 a refund, call customer service at 800-425-0243 or support@dermalmedix.com.

The Bottom Line

There is some available research for the key ingredients used in FootMedix but the support isn't stellar.

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. 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. Nonetheless, the lack of strong scientific support does not seem to justify the high cost of these products.

You may be better off seeking relief with the more cost-effective options that are available.

Still, your best bet is to first touch base with your physician. Moisturizing your feet may be an important party of your plan of care, though you may need to take other steps.


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  • A miracle

    • By Jeannie,
    • Michigan,
    • Feb 11, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    This product is nothing short of a miracle. I tried every over the counter product for dry, cracked heels and feet, but my feet got worse. I ran across this product in an advertisement in my email, and thank God.

    I ordered it, and the first time I used it, it worked. Now, I do not have to use it every day. My feet stays moist all the time, and I only use it every other day after my daily shower. I would highly recommend for anyone experiencing extreme dry and cracked feet.

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


  • FootMedix

    • By Kimi,
    • Pebble Beach, CA,
    • Feb 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Hello. I have had the most embarrassing cracked feet for several years and have stopped wearing sandals. I decided to try this cream after searching on the internet for a solution, and I happen to really like it.

    I have noticed that I reach for it every morning, and I know why. I like what it is doing to my feet (they are softer and seem to be healing), and also the fact that it absorbs so nicely and doesn't give me that sticky wet lotion feel. It's a winner for me.

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


  • Best product ever!

    • By Carrie,
    • Dallas, PA,
    • Mar 13, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I've tried EVERYTHING to soothe my dry, cracked feet, from Rx topical lotions to OTC creams and lotions, and nothing worked. I learned about FootMedix from the internet and was intrigued. I had nothing to lose (but my dry, cracked feet!). My feet have improved 100%, I have no more dryness, and the cracks have healed. Thank you for this wonderful product!

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


  • Love it!

    Overall Experience:

    I was always nervous getting a pedicure, but now I have no problem! I'm not embarrassed to go with my girlfriends. I was always the last one finished because they had to do so much work on my heels. After two weeks I am definitely on the right road to smooth, healthy feet.

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


  • This stuff really works!

    • By Nancy,
    • North Carolina,
    • Mar 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have had terrible luck with products bought from internet ads. They never meet the hype that the ads promise. Well, guess what? I finally found one that did!

    FootMedix totally helped my extremely cracked, dry feet from the first time I applied it. After using it for just a few days, I could see a remarkable difference, one that I had never seen before even after using pricey cosmetic brand foot care treatments.

    I am really sold on this product and have told my nail salon about it as the pedicurists certainly are ones who see many cracked heels who need help. I hope that the word gets out. I think FootMedix is a wonder!

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


  • My feet look wonderful!

    • By Ana Nunez,
    • Houston, TX,
    • Mar 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    This product is great, and my feet look wonderful. The only thing is that I have some bad callouses on my foot and nothing is taking them out. What am I doing wrong?

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


  • This stuff is good

    • By Simon Wang,
    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Mar 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Excellent, this cream REALLY works! And it is not sticky or smelly. My heels are very rough and thick. Three weeks of daily application smoothed it like baby's skin. I highly recommend it.

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


  • I love the product!

    • By Grisel,
    • Burtonsville, MD,
    • Mar 15, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    It is highly absorbable, and it is cool on my skin. I'm also using it on my hands, and they look better as well.

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


  • Outstanding "heel saver" product

    Overall Experience:

    For years I have been living with cracked, painful heels with thick calluses. I spent a great deal of time literally sanding the cracks and calluses. I used Neosporin to help the healing process and wrapped my feet with saran wrap at night. I even resorted to my wife's "nail glue" to coat the most uncomfortable heel cracks so I could at least walk.

    THEN I heard about FootMedix. I decided, against my better judgment, to try three tubes. I was convinced that there was no way it would work, and was fully prepared to request a refund.

    SURPRISE. I used it twice a day for three weeks and then nightly. After the first day, I began to notice an improvement. I have taken photos daily for one week, and then every 2-3 days thereafter. After 30 days I have noticed significant improvement. The heel tissue is MUCH softer, no cracks, and continues to improve.

    I even gave my sister-in-law a tube to try as she has been plagued with heel cracking issues.

    On our upcoming cruise - sandals here I come!

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


  • Good product, but may be up against some possible tropical disease?

    • By Phil Alderman,
    • Eugene, Oregon,
    • Mar 24, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    This is a very good product. My wife has a foot infection or neuropathic disease. Gold Bond and other creams were relievers, but I believe the DermalMedix product has, with its steroid component and possibly other components, improved recovery.

    Mind you, she contracted this infection three years ago on a trip to the Galapagos. It appeared 3 to 4 days after she went walking on sharp objects in the water.

    We have an excellent podiatrist, Dr. Robertson, here in Eugene. He is pleased with the progress we have shown lately. Mostly with dermal abrasion, massage, and exfoliation by both the cream and the machine.

    We medicate twice daily. Seems efficacious and not overly laborious.

    However, should you have a product that is more aggressive towards possible microbial infestations of some tropical type, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

    Any advice you have, I'd appreciate. Thanks.

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


  • It really works!

    • By Petisa,
    • Glassboro, NJ,
    • Mar 29, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am one of those people who is skeptical about everything. Even if I spend money trying it, I never believe the advertisements to be true. Most of the time the products don't live up to the claims, and sure you can get your money back after 30 days, but most of the time I don't send the product back. I just suck it up as a loss.

    When I ordered FootMedix I felt the same way. But when I saw Dr. Watts was promoting it, I decided to take a chance. I've never met Dr. Watts, but I watched videos in the past of him discussing cosmetic surgery, and he always seemed trustworthy.

    I took photos before I started because I was determined to send it back and get a refund if it didn't work. Well, lo and behold, it WORKS! I ordered three tubes and have been using it for almost two months, and will order more in the future.

    I will not exaggerate and say my feet look brand new. They don't. But they do look 80% better. And that's only after two months.

    Thank you Dr. Watts.

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


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