For best results soak feet first in water as hot as you can bear then use the razor on softened skin. Use a sidewards sweeping motion for the sides of feet--DO NOT aim shaver downward. Use downward motion only on back of heels. I do shave somewhat 'live' skin. I shave the sides of my big toe, on top of my toes, because the skin tends to get hard. I shave the ball of my foot coming as close to the point where the underside of my foot meets toes. Perhaps these areas, are best left to a podiatrist, but after getting my nails and feet done at a $100 bucks a pop, I learned a few things from the truly expert manicurists in the business. I shave those areas with extreme caution ALWAYS making certain that the hand holding the shaver is completely dry and that my grip is firm.
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Shave lightly at first and as you become more confident you can apply more pressure. There is definitely a learning curve here. Be patient and cautious and remember, you have in your hand one of the best tools in the business. Good Luck