Calluses Information & Treatment Options

Get Rid of that Rough, Hard Skin on Feet with Help from Foot Solutions

Do you have thick callused skin around your ball-of-foot, on your toes or heels? Our feet can become thick and hardened over time because of friction pressure and constantly being on our feet.

Callus formation is an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. This callus formation is our body's defense mechanism to protect the foot against excessive pressure and friction. Calluses are normally found on the ball-of-the-foot, the heel, and/or the inside of the big toe.

How Do You Know if You Have Calluses?

Symptoms of calluses include the following:

  • Small patch of excess skin on the ball of your foot
  • An area on your foot that feels hard or rough to the touch
  • Patches of skin on your feet seem higher than the smooth skin surface

What Causes Calluses?

Calluses develop due to excessive pressure at a specific area of the foot. Some common causes of callus formation are high-heeled dress shoes, shoes that are too small, obesity, abnormalities in the gait cycle (walking motion), flat feet, high arched feet, bony prominences, and the loss of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot.

How do I Treat and Prevent Calluses?

Many people try to alleviate the pain caused by calluses by cutting or trimming them with a razor blade or knife. This is not the way to properly treat calluses. This is very dangerous and can make the condition worse, resulting in unnecessary injuries. Diabetics especially should never try this type of treatment.

In order to relieve the excessive pressure that leads to callus formation, weight should be redistributed equally with the use of an insert. An effective insert transfers pressure away from the "hot spots" or high pressured areas to allow the callus to heal. The insert should be made with materials that absorb shock and shear (friction) forces. Women should also steer away from wearing high-heeled shoes.

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