How to Treat Calluses on Your Feet

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Not only does the rough skin of calluses on your feet feel uncomfortable, but it also looks bad. Calluses form in response to pressure and stress, which is why calluses often appear on the high-stress areas of the foot such as the heel and ball. Some of this skin is essential for proper cushioning, but when the calluses become thick, brittle, and cracked, they can be an avenue for bacterial or viral infections to take hold.

Treating calluses early will help to avoid complications and your feet will look and feel much better.

Some treatments for calluses on your feet include the following:

1)   Orthotic insertsFor calluses that are caused by rubbing inside your footwear, your foot doctor can place specially formed inserts that will redirect pressure from high-stress areas that are prone to developing corns and calluses.

2)   Skin removal—You can try removing dead skin with a pumice stone or file, and your foot doctor can cut away or debride thickened skin without causing any bleeding or infection.

3)   Acid peeling—A patch containing maximum strength salicylic acid can be applied to the callus to soften the skin for easier removal. You can try this at home with store-bought acid solutions with varying degrees of success. The higher strength acids combined with abrasion are best done by your foot care professional to avoid injury.

If you need help treating calluses on your feet, your foot doctor is the one to call. AtE.J. Nemet, DPM in Twinsburg, podiatrist Dr. E.J. Nemet treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions. Common ones includesports injuries,pediatric foot problems,diabetic foot complications,nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood, OH areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.