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Calluses on the toes and feet can cause discomfort throughout the day. In many cases, your footwear might even be the cause of your calluses. At the very least, footwear can aggravate existing calluses. Fortunately, treatments are available for minimizing the discomfort of calluses or removing them completely. The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists are your doctors for callus removal in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL.
What are Calluses?
Calluses are often caused by ill-fitting footwear, but can also be due to a toe deformity, such as hammer toe. Calluses develop as a result of constant friction on the skin, usually in places where the shoe rubs against the foot. The constant friction prompts the top layer of skin to thicken, which irritates the layers underneath. The repeated friction, irritation, and thickening of the skin eventually cause calluses to form.
There are two types of calluses, soft and hard. Hard calluses are also called corns and tend to form on the toes where the shoe puts pressure on the skin. Soft calluses typically develop between the toes as a result of the toes rubbing together. Soft calluses do not harden like corns due to sweat trapped between the toes when wearing footwear. Soft calluses usually have the appearance of an open sore.
One option for treating calluses is to use an over-the-counter medication. However, such products only treat the callus at the surface and do not address the root cause, which means your calluses can return. The best solution for long-term relief from calluses is to seek professional treatment from a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your calluses and recommend the best course of treatment for you. Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists provide callus removal.
Possible treatments for removing or reducing the size of calluses include:
- Shaving away the dead layers of skin
- Correcting toe deformities
- Soaking the feet regularly to soften calluses
- Filing calluses down with a pumice stone or callus file
- Wearing properly fitting footwear
The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists can tell you what to do about your callus. To schedule an appointment at the Montclare, Chicago location, call (773) 836-9900. For Elgin, call (847) 468-1994; Schaumburg, call (847) 352-0200; and Huntley or Crystal Lake, call (815) 356-0500.
Are you ready to visit your podiatrists in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Chicago or Huntley about your calluses?
At some point in time, most people will deal with a callus. A callus is a thick, hard patch of skin that is caused by friction, usually due to shoes that are too tight. While most calluses won’t cause issues for healthy individuals, they can be quite the nuisance for others. From the office of our Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Chicago or Huntley, IL podiatrists, find out how to treat your calluses.
Anywhere where friction continues to occur on your foot a callus can form. A callus is designed to protect bonier areas of the foot from damage caused by friction, tight shoes and stress. Of course, while calluses are protective in nature, they aren’t necessary for healthy feet.
While those with diabetes or nerve damage should always visit our Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Chicago or Huntley foot doctors immediately if calluses or other changes occur in their feet, healthy individuals may be able to get away with treating their calluses with simple at-home measures. Common ways to treat calluses include,
- Moisturizing daily: You’ll want to keep feet moisturized to help target dry, dead patches of skin. Of course, before you start to use moisturizers that contain ingredients like salicylic acid or urea you will want to check with us first to make sure they are safe enough for your skin.
- Wear protective padding: You can also purchase protective moleskin padding from your local drugstore. This padding can be placed over the callus before wearing shoes to reduce friction.
- Consider a pumice stone: After soaking feet in warm water you can use a pumice stone and gently remove some of the dead skin. Just be careful not to remove too much skin, as this can cause bleeding or increase your chances of an infection.
Once the source causing friction on your feet goes away you’ll also find that these calluses will go away. Of course, if you find that you are dealing with painful calluses, or if you have diabetes or other health issues, then it’s time you turned to us for proper medical attention as soon as possible.
Don’t let calluses affect the health of your feet. Turn to Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Chicago or Huntley, IL to treat calluses and other foot problems you are experiencing. If you have questions about how to remove calluses, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.