What are they and what are the symptoms?
Calluses are areas of hard, thickened skin that develop when the skin is exposed to excessive pressure and/or friction. They commonly occur on the feet (around the heel area or over the ball of the foot) and can cause pain and discomfort when walking. They may be yellowish in colour.
Calluses are larger than corns and do not have such a well-defined edge. They are also often less sensitive to touch than the surrounding skin.
What causes them?
Calluses often develop when the skin rubs against something, such as a bone, a shoe or the ground. Calluses may form over the ball of your foot because this area takes most of our weight when we walk or exercise. This can also be seen in women who regularly wear high heels.
Excessive pressure on bony areas of the foot, badly fitting shoes and lots of walking or running are all potential causes.
These can be treated at home using a pumice stone or foot file to remove some of the build-up of hard skin. Regular use of moisturisers is also recommended.
What is the treatment?
Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a full foot health assessment and a treatment plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements. If the callus is painful and severe in nature it could also mean a hard corn is present within the callus. The assistance of a foot health professional is required to remove and resolve the callus. This will involve debriding the hard skin using a scalpel. The area will then be filed smooth and a hydrating cream is applied. In some cases, soft padding or foam insoles may be provided if required to reduce pressure and friction to the affected area.
Never attempt to remove a callus like this at home, please seek professional advice.
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.