Calluses are hard areas of dead skin that can form anywhere where your skin is subject to repeated friction, and for the most part, they’re harmless. However, since they can be unsightly and irritating, the team of highly qualified podiatrists at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, understands what a nuisance calluses are. If you have bothersome calluses, it’s a good idea to ask your podiatrist to check you haven’t got a corn or a wart, and have your callus shaved. Call Kalmar Family Podiatry today for more information, or book an appointment online.
A callus is a painless area of hard, dead skin that develops wherever your skin is subject to repetitive friction. Manual workers often have calluses on their palms from constantly using tools, but a callus can develop on any part of the body.
Calluses on the feet often develop from wearing unsuitable shoes, with high heels being the most likely to cause calluses. Because of this, women are four times as likely to get calluses as men. If the callus is on the bottom of the foot, it’s known as a plantar callus.
Calluses aren’t ordinarily painful, and they rarely cause problems, being more unsightly than anything else. If you do experience pain or discomfort, it’s worth getting a podiatrist at Kalmar Family Podiatry to check your calluses in case they are corns or warts, which would require treatment.
Your calluses disappear naturally when you remove the source of friction on the skin that caused them. If your calluses are particularly thick or unsightly, your podiatrist can shave the top layers of dead skin away to reduce them.
You can also use a pumice stone carefully to rub away the dead skin, then apply moisturizing creams to the callus to soften the skin. Your podiatrist may recommend a stronger type of cream to help soften your calluses.
To help prevent calluses from forming, keep your feet clean and dry and wear socks and well-fitting shoes. If you can feel a constant rubbing on any part of your foot as you walk, try to remove the cause of the friction.
Your calluses may be developing as a result of a structural abnormality in your foot, rotation in your hips, or a problem with your gait. If this is the case, your podiatrist can design custom orthotics for your shoes to correct any abnormalities or may discuss the possibility of surgery in some instances.
Calluses may not be a serious problem, but they can be annoying and unsightly, and in some cases what looks like a callus may be something else, such as a corn. If you have any concerns about calluses or other problems with your feet, call Kalmar Family Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.