Although calluses may form anywhere that pressure, friction, or abnormal weight distribution exist; they most often are seen on the ball of the foot, and on the edges of the toes and heel. Calluses develop to create protection against irritation or blistering on your feet.
Calluses may or may not be painful, but direct pressure on them usually causes some discomfort.You may notice a callus due to it becoming aggravated by ill-fitting shoes, but they are more often caused by underlying deformity or faulty foot function. The foot doctors at A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center use a few different treatment methods for calluses. Contact us today for more information!
Treatment Of Calluses
- Orthotic insert devices that improve foot function and more widely distribute pressure are often effective in relieving the pressure and pain caused by faulty foot function and calluses.
- Surgical repair of the hammertoe, bunion, or other deformity may stop the callus from forming. This will not only relieve pain or discomfort from the calluses but also from the underlying foot problem.
- Conservative treatment methods generally consist of periodic trimming of the callus by your local podiatrist, along with the use of specially fitted protective pads made of felt, latex, foam, rubber, or lamb’s wool.
- Soaking in warm water, followed by filing with a pumice stone or emery board may bring temporary relief, but the best remedy is to eliminate the friction or pressure that is causing the callus to form.
In no circumstances should you ever cut into a callus. If it has reached a size that demands cutting, see your local podiatrist to ensure that the callus is being treated correctly.
Since calluses often form due to an underlying foot problem, a thorough examination by a podiatric physician can help determine whether your calluses are caused or aggravated by other health problems that need to be addressed. Once the cause of your calluses has been determined, your podiatrist will be able to recommend the right personalized treatment plan for your condition.
ASA Treatment Facilities
The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities, and provide 24-hour emergency service. We participate in most health plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file all necessary insurance forms, making every effort to assure you of maximum benefits with minimum out-of-pocket expenses.
Contact Us Today!
If you have annoying calluses forming on your ankles or feet, it is time to get an examination from your local podiatrist to determine the cause. Contact A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center today to schedule an appointment!