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There are always little minor annoyances that pop up in our lives, and we each react differently to them. A recipe that didn’t turn out, mail that didn’t come on time, or minor aches and pains can be really frustrating. Some problems aren’t worth fretting over, but when it comes to your foot health, every symptom is worth your attention.

A heel callus, also called a plantar callus, is a thickened, hard patch of skin. It usually starts as a ring on the edge of your heel but without treatment can become larger over time.

Why They Form

Many areas of science follow an action/reaction type of formula--a heel callus follows this same rule. The hardened area of skin forms as a reaction to repetitive, excessive friction. This friction often happens between your feet and your shoes. Repeated rubbing and pressure on the skin actually causes it to die. A hardened layer of skin is formed to prevent the soft tissues underneath from further injury. It is your skin’s way of protecting itself.

Another reason a callus can develop is when one metatarsal bone is longer or lower than the others in your foot. In this situation, areas of your foot hit the ground with more force, and the result is a thickening of the skin underneath this bone. Calluses most often form on the bottom of the heels, but they can also develop on the sole of the feet at the base of the big toe.

Treating Dry Skin on Your Heels

Since the presence of a callus is a sign that there is a problem, early treatment is important to prevent it from getting worse. A small callus may not cause any discomfort, but if it grows larger, it can become painful and at risk for cracking.

When minor in nature, a callus can be treated by gently scraping the dead skin off with a pumice stone after a footbath or shower. Once feet are clean and dry, use a protective moisturizer to keep feet soft and hydrated. This can be done several times a week until your callus is gone. It is imperative that you never use anything sharp to shave or cut away at a callus, especially if you have diabetes. This increases your risk of injury and infection.

Changing your footwear to a more supportive, comfortable pair can help alleviate friction. A small patch of moleskin can also act as a protective barrier for skin exposed to repeated rubbing. If a faulty foot structure is the reason for your calluses, we can provide custom orthotic inserts for your shoes. These will help distribute weight evenly across your feet to alleviate areas of pressure. Only in rare cases is surgery needed to prevent the return of painful calluses.

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Dr. Philip Pinsker can provide the expert care your feet deserve. We can safely trim calluses and provide padding and orthotics. Contact us online or call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410.