Calluses are not only unattractive, but they can lead to chronic foot pain that makes it difficult to walk. To treat existing calluses and help you prevent new ones, visit Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists, with offices in Bloomfield and Hoboken, New Jersey, as well as Midtown West, Manhattan in New York City. Skilled podiatrists, Juliana Paternina, DPM, and Caroline Frugé, DPM, can safely address calluses to alleviate discomfort and pain. They provide in-office callus treatments and provide preventive care to protect your foot health. Learn more about treating calluses by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.
Calluses are areas of hard skin that build up on the weight-bearing areas of the bottom of your foot. This hardened skin is usually the result of uneven weight distribution or wearing shoes that don’t fit properly.
Some people mistakenly refer to calluses as a corn. However, while corns are areas of skin that become thick, they usually develop as noticeable bumps that are painful to the touch. Corns can be dry or waxy and are typically surrounded by inflamed skin. Corns are also much smaller than calluses.
While generally harmless, calluses can become very thick and eventually cause you discomfort or pain with movement and when wearing shoes. These symptoms are a good indication you need to schedule a consultation at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists.
You should never try to cut calluses off on your own, as this can lead to infection and other serious problems.
At-home care for calluses involves soaking the affected foot in warm water for 10-15 minutes and using a pumice stone to rub away the hardened skin.
You should also make sure your shoes fit properly and contain soles that absorb the shock of your movements. You can also use shoe insoles to further cushion your feet and prevent pressure on the callus.
If home care isn’t enough for relieving the discomfort and pain of calluses, your podiatrist can safely remove the callus in-office. The procedure involves trimming down areas of thick skin with a sharp scalpel. They may also use a salicylic acid that breaks down skin.
Your podiatrist can also provide guidance for preventing calluses in the future, such as using a high-quality moisturizer to keep skin soft and addressing thick skin with a pumice stone as soon as possible.
Routine foot care can reduce your risk for painful calluses. If you need help with callus removal, schedule an appointment at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists today by calling the office nearest you or by requesting a consultation online now.