13 Oct Calluses – Causes and Treatments
The term ‘Callus’ refers to thick, hardened layers of skin that develop as the skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. First you may notice a thick rough patch, which then turns into a hardened bump. The callus may also feel tender or painful to touch and the skin may appear flaky or dry.
Calluses can be caused due to –
- Foot deformities, for example, hammertoes and bunions
- Thinning skin can due to aging
- Diabetes or other health conditions that cause poor blood circulation in the feet
- Walking or running barefoot
If you notice a part of foot skin becoming drier or flaky, here is what you can do –
- Keep your feet clean
- Use a foot moisturizer
- Use a foot scrub or pumice stone to gently remove harder skin deposits
- Wear socks that fit well
- Wear well designed and properly fitted footwear
- Avoid wearing heels or pointed toe shoes
DO NOT try to treat a callus if you suffer from diabetes.
If you are experiencing discomfort or the callus is unsightly, the best is to visit a podiatrist or foot doctor and have the callus debrided (or removed) to bring relief. Do not try to do this at home as this can cause injury to your foot, resulting in pain and other problems.
Your podiatrist may prescribe custom made orthotics with customized depressions or cut outs. This will help to redistribute pressure on the feet and result in relief.