Callus Removal Treatment Questions and Answers
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A callus is a layer of thickened skin, usually occurring on your feet or hands, due to repeating friction and pressure against the skin. While most calluses are nothing to worry about, some can cause pain and discomfort. For individuals with diabetes or circulatory disorders, untreated calluses can potentially cause significant complications. If you are looking for callus removal treatment or more information about this treatment, we would be happy to answer your questions or provide you with expert treatment at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists!
Do podiatrists remove calluses?
Podiatrists can provide highly effective removal of various types of calluses! While not all calluses require removal through podiatric treatment, as many go away on their own or through orthotic modification, podiatrists are the best-qualified medical doctor to see for callus removal.
What causes calluses?
The primary cause of foot calluses is repeated friction or pressure against a particular area of skin on your feet. Such friction and pressure often occur in the following situations:
- Wearing improperly fitted shoes: this is the most common reason why calluses form on a person’s feet. Tight-fitting shoes or frequent use of high heels compress your feet and
- Wearing shoes without socks: socks function as a cushion between the skin on your feet and the rough interior of your shoes, effectively preventing calluses from forming (though not entirely). If you frequently go without socks while wearing shoes, you will likely experience regular calluses. This can also occur if you wear socks that are too big, too small, or have holes in them.
- Walking barefoot: walking barefoot can feel pleasant from time to time, free from the shackles of shoes and socks, but doing it frequently is a recipe for callus formation on your feet!
Other causes of calluses include incorrect posture, structural deformities in your feet, as well as physical hobbies, work, or athletic activities that put added pressure on your feet or require long periods of standing, walking, or running.
Can calluses be prevented?
Yes! There are numerous things you can do to prevent calluses from forming on your feet. Seeing that calluses form from wearing improperly fitted shoes, not wearing socks, or walking barefoot, you can prevent them by doing the opposite of those things! With that in mind, it is a good idea to have your shoes fitted and measured professionally to your feet and to wear properly fitting socks when wearing your shoes. You should also limit your barefoot escapades to the beach or soft grass.
Other ways to prevent calluses include keeping your feet clean, wearing foot arches (if necessary), trimming your toenails regularly, using a moisturizing foot cream, or applying foot powder if your feet are often sweaty.
What are the treatment options for callus removal?
Some non-invasive treatment options for callus removal include the following:
- Changing your footwear
- Correcting deformities in the toes or feet
- Filing down calluses with a pumice stone or similar tool
- Postural adjustments
- Regularly soaking your feet to soften calluses
- Shaving away the dead skin cells with a surgical blade, scalpel, or electric tool
If the above treatment options are unsuccessful at removing calluses and the individual has advanced diabetes or circulatory disorders, surgery could be necessary to remove the callus and prevent further complications.
Our podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists have all the expertise needed to provide you with high-quality callus removal treatment! We welcome you to call us or schedule an appointment through our website if you require callus removal treatment. Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists have convenient locations near you in Elgin IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, and Chicago IL.