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What to Do About Calluses

What to Do About Calluses

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.

Treating Calluses

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) 673-9898. For Elgin, call (847) 233-1296; Schaumburg, call (847) 558-7550; and Huntley or Crystal Lake, call (815) 345-2112.