Calluses and Corns
Calluses are a build-up of layers of thick skin on the feet. Calluses are a result of friction and repeated rubbing against the skin. If your shoes are too tight, they can cause a foot callus or a toe callus. They can also be caused if you already have a condition that is causing you to walk differently or if your foot is changing shape and rubbing in a new spot. This is the case with plantar keratosis, which is a callus that forms on the ball of your foot if the bone in the ball of your foot has fallen and applies pressure when you walk.
Calluses can be painful and they can also cause other problems with your feet if left untreated. There are a number of different treatment options for callus removal. If you think you have one that is causing you pain or discomfort, or a painful plantar keratosis, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our West Palm Beach podiatrists, or our podiatrists at any of our locations, will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today.
What are Calluses and Plantar Keratosis?
Calluses are the layers of hardened and thick skin that build up on your feet. They form because your skin is trying to protect itself from constant friction and rubbing, as with shoes that fit too tight. Calluses can also be caused by foot deformities and other conditions that cause you to walk differently than normal to accommodate them. Plantar keratosis is a specific type of callus that grows on the ball of your foot. It is caused by the metatarsal bone (the bone located in the ball of your foot) drops under the pressure of your feet and causes pressure and friction that results in the callus. Risk factors for calluses include excess weight, wearing tight shoes, not wearing socks, and not allowing time to break in new shoes before doing strenuous activities in them. In other words, do not buy new running shoes the day before a running a marathon. If you have diabetes, or a similar disorder that compromises the immune system or reduces blood flow to your feet, see your doctor immediately before trying any home remedy options for a callus or plantar keratosis.
Symptoms of Calluses and Plantar Keratosis
Calluses are unsightly but they can also cause other problems with your feet. A painful foot callus can continue to rub against your shoes and become irritated and even infected. Rough calluses can also catch on socks or rugs and cause even more pain and problems. If left untreated, they can cause pain and could lead to cuts and infections.
Treatments for Calluses and Plantar Keratosis
Callus and plantar keratosis treatment involves removing the affected area of skin. How do you remove calluses? There are home remedies available for removing calluses; these can be attempted if you are in good health and if your callus is not severe enough to be causing you pain. If you have diabetes or any other condition that reduces the blood flow to the feet or an immune deficiency, seek advice from your doctor before trying to treat a callus yourself. Your doctor can prescribe a salicylic acid patch; this softens the dead skin so that you can buff it down using a pumice stone. The doctor may remove the callus by trimming away the dead skin; however, this is something you should never try at home.
Diagnosing Calluses and Plantar Keratosis
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for callus removal? Don’t stress over a visit to a podiatrist. Our goal is to work with you and relieve your discomfort. The doctor can usually diagnose calluses just by examining your feet. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of conditions that affect the legs and feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.