A callus is a very common reaction to friction or pressure against the skin. They’re usually not serious, but you may not like their appearance, and there’s a risk of complications if you have diabetes. The team of board-certified podiatrists at Desert Foot and Ankle in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, is experienced in treating calluses through debridement (removal) and medication. To schedule an appointment, call or click today.
A callus is a thick, hardened layer of skin that forms from pressure and friction. Calluses are common on your feet (especially the soles), toes, hands, and fingers. They result from your skin trying to protect itself from injury.
Many people develop calluses from issues with their footwear, including not wearing socks or wearing tight-fitting, loose-fitting, or high-heeled shoes. If your feet or toes repeatedly rub against your footwear, it’s likely you’ll develop a callus.
Calluses often accompany other foot issues that cause increased friction, including bunions, hammertoe, and bone spurs.
A callus may feel lumpy to the touch, but also less sensitive to touch than the surrounding skin.
A callus doesn’t necessarily require treatment, especially if it’s mild and causing minimal symptoms. Regardless, you may still want to figure out what’s causing the callus, whether your shoes don’t fit properly, are worn out, or you have additional foot problems. If you avoid the repetitive action that causes the callus, the callus usually heals on its own.
You should schedule an appointment at Desert Foot and Ankle if your callus is painful. It’s unsafe to try removing the hardened skin yourself at home because this can lead to infection.
Calluses are a more serious medical concern if you have diabetes. Calluses may break down and form diabetic foot ulcers, which are highly prone to infection and can lead to serious complications.
If your callus doesn’t resolve on its own, or you have diabetes, your Desert Foot and Ankle podiatrist can treat it through approaches including:
If a foot deformity causes you to form a callus, custom-made orthotics can correct the problem and leave you callus-free in the future.
If a diabetic foot ulcer forms under the callus, your Desert Foot and Ankle podiatrist may recommend a procedure called a debridement. Debridement involves removing dead tissue from your foot. This allows the wound to heal properly. Your podiatrist may also recommend specialized diabetic footwear to support and protect your feet.
To get treatment for a callus, book an appointment at Desert Foot and Ankle online or over the phone.