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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 25, 2016
Tags: calluses  

Perhaps it started out as just a small dry patch on the edge of your heel, but over time it has grown and is now a fairly large circle of hardened, dry skin. Lately, you notice that it is starting to hurt when you are on your feet for a long time or walk a long distance. Most likely a callus has formed on your heel, something we see frequently at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM and there’s more to it than you may think.

Not Just Annoying           

Patients tend to ignore calluses because they may not be painful and seem more like an annoyance than a medical problem. The fact is, however, that a callus, even though it looks like a skin problem is really an indicator of something going on deeper in your foot. In many cases, one of your metatarsal bones—the long bones that extend from the base of your toes to the middle of your foot—may be longer than the others. This throws your foot off balance and causes part of your heel to hit the ground with more force. Sometimes the irritation may come from excessive friction and pressure caused by your shoe. In either case, the callus forms to protect the soft layers of tissue in your foot.

Treating Heel Calluses

Although removing a callus is not difficult, a visit to our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker is a good idea to determine the underlying cause. The foot doctor will get a complete medical history and then examine your foot. If necessary, x-rays or other diagnostic studies may be ordered to check for structural abnormalities. If the podiatrist finds that your shoes are responsible for the callus then simply changing to more accommodating footwear or apply some moleskin or padding to the affected area may be sufficient. Calluses that are being caused by a mechanical issue with the foot may require custom orthotics to help redistribute the weight in such a way as to relieve the pressure in the area where the callus has formed.

Once the cause has been found and the callus removed (usually with a pumice stone) you should use a good moisturizer to keep your feet hydrated and prevent any cracking. Get to the bottom of what’s causing your heel callus: make an appointment at our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

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