Don’t Ignore the Call of Calluses

Calluses may seem harmless and unassuming but can become problematic if ignored. Calluses are hardened areas of the skin that typically form as the skin of your foot rubs against the inside of your shoe. High heels, repetitive pressure on one area of the foot, and deformities like bunions and hammertoes are common causes of this condition. If you don’t address the issue, calluses can become infected and painful, and affect your comfort during your daily routine.

You may think that a callus does not warrant a visit to the foot doctor, but think again! Get treatment early, and you can save yourself a lot of discomfort and other foot complications. A podiatrist treats skin conditions like calluses every day and may recommend the following treatments:

  • Trimming the callus by a medical professional. Trying to do this yourself, often called “bathroom surgery,” for a callus is not recommended as doing so could cause unnecessary infections and complications.
  • Wear shoes that fit correctly to diminish resistance and provide ample toe
  • Refrain from high-intensity activities that involve placing large amounts of pressure on your feet. This is necessary to lower the amount of friction being applied to your callus.
  • Orthotics are helpful for reducing pressure on your calluses.
  • Surgery may be an option if you have deformities that need addressing. Having a deformity can cause the skin of a certain area of your foot to rub against the inside of your shoe when it would not normally do so, so fixing the root issue will often resolve the callus.

Here at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, will determine why your feet are developing calluses, implement suggestions to reduce their formation, and eliminate the ones you already have. Contact us today for an appointment at our podiatry office in Chicago, Illinois. Visit our Patient Education Library to learn more about skin problems and other foot and ankle conditions so you can implement preventative measures for healthy and strong feet!