A callus is hardened skin that develops from pressure and irritation caused by a multitude of factors. Calluses are usually the sign of an underlying problem like a deformed bone due to an irregular step or the use of improperly fitting shoes that increase the amount of friction. Older aged folks may have a reduced amount of fatty tissue on their feet, which can increase the chances of this condition forming. Moreover, those who stand for long periods of time, roll their feet inwards because of extreme pressure on the ball of the foot, or roll their feet outwards have an increased chance of developing this condition. In addition, if someone wears shoes that are tight or high heeled, the toes may rub against each other or against the inside of the shoe and cause the onset of this condition.
Sometimes the following home treatments can help reduce discomfort:
- Use of Aspirin to assist with softening the hardened skin around a callus and to help relieve some discomfort.
- Apply lemon juice, since the acidic properties of lemon will help to reduce the size of a callus and alleviate pain at the same time.
- Use apple cider vinegar, as it also has an acidic nature that helps to soften the skin of the callus.
- Rub baking soda on a callus so that the crystals in it can exfoliate the hardened skin.
Calluses can cause pain and significant reductions in mobility if not treated correctly and with appropriate haste. Here at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, a podiatry office located in Chicago, Illinois, our foot doctor Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, will utilize the latest medications and advances to provide your feet with the best chance of being callus-free! So, please take a moment to set up an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and look over our Patient Education Library to discover how you may be prone to other foot and ankle conditions and what you can do to minimize your chances of developing them in the future.