Skin issues on the feet can make it difficult to walk around. Skin issues may also signify that other troubles are going on in the body. A callus is a thickened area of skin on the feet. Repeated rubbing and pressure cause the skin to produce a protective layer (callus). It’s common for both men and women to develop a callus. Patients with bunions and hammertoes are more likely to develop calluses. Calluses can also form when footwear rubs against the skin of the foot, when the toe box of the shoe is small or when females wear high-heeled shoes.
When To Visit a Podiatrist for Callus Treatment
Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can reduce your calluses with precision and care. At Feet First Foot Care, we provide comfortable padding for painful areas. In more severe cases, we may prescribe medication to relieve inflammation or inject cortisone into the underlying bursal sac to reduce pain and swelling.
We also recommend the following to prevent calluses:
- Wear shoes that fit correctly. If you have any deformities of the toe or foot, talk to your podiatrist to find out what shoes are best for you.
- Gel pad inserts may decrease friction points and pressure. Your podiatrist can help you determine what pads might be helpful for you.
- Use an orthotic device to correct an underlying cause.
- Buy socks with double-thick toes and heels.
- Do not ignore toe defects. A podiatrist should properly examine any pain or discomfort you experience in your feet.
It is always important to check your feet daily. We recommend you incorporate a daily foot care routine into your schedule. You can find basic foot care guidelines on our website. Alternatively, you can prevent calluses as follows:
- Soak the foot or feet in warm soapy water and gently rub away any loose dead skin.
- Use a pumice stone or emery board to file any thickened skin.
- Apply a good moisturizer to the hardened areas to keep them softer and relieve pain.
- Moleskin (a thin fuzzy sheet of fabric with an adhesive back) are available in stores and can relieve pain caused by calluses. Always use caution removing pads or moleskins to avoid tearing the skin.
If you notice anything abnormal or have other concerns about your feet, call our Cromwell, CT office today at (860)-632-5499 to schedule your appointment.