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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 06, 2016
Tags: calluses  

Calluses on the feet, those patches of hard, thickened skin, are a condition we see often at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. Just because they are common, however, doesn’t mean that they are well understood. Here are some True/False facts about calluses; see how much you know!

Calluses are primarily a skin problem.

FALSE: Calluses form as a result of a bone problem. When a spur or protrusion of bone on the foot occurs in an abnormal place, it ends up getting pressure from your shoes or just from the motion of walking. This creates friction that over time causes the callus to build up.

Calluses only form on the bottom of your feet.

FALSE: The bone misplacement that causes the callus to form can be the result of a congenital deformity, an injury or disease. These affect all areas of the foot. Examples of possible causes are bunions, arthritis or hammertoe. As a result of this, calluses can form on the heel or the top or side of the toes as well on the ball or sole of the foot.

Calluses can be painful.

TRUE: In many instances a callus forms under a metatarsal head (located in the ball of your foot). Nerves and bursa sacs located underneath them can become inflamed, causing sharp pains, soreness or a dull ache.

You should seek treatment for calluses from your podiatrist.

TRUE: Although over-the-counter callus removers are available, these are usually strong acids that can burn your skin if used improperly. You can also try soaking the affected area of your foot and gently rubbing away dead skin with a pumice stone and then applying a moisturizer. However, this will not fix the condition that has led to the callus. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will be able to examine your foot and get to the root of your callus problem. Treatment of the foot problem will lead to callus reduction or elimination. In cases where the mechanical problem cannot be easily fixed, the foot doctor may prescribe an orthotic device that will be able to shift the pressure away from the affected area.

If you have a question about a callus or any other area of discomfort on your feet or ankles, make an appointment at our Washington, PA office and take care of minor foot issues before they become major problems.

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