A Thorn in Your Heel

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 05, 2018
Tags: Proper Footwear   calluses  

A callus doesn’t seem like a major foot problem to many people. This is because many people live with calluses on their feet every single day. A callus doesn’t become a problem until it starts to cause pain and suffering. Once pain is introduced then people begin to pay attention to their calluses.

A callus is an area of thick skin on the foot. This skin begins to get harder and thicker as a protective measure. It does this to help protect the foot from pressure and friction.

Symptoms a Callus Produces

  • Hard skins
  • Raised skin
  • Thick skin
  • Skin that is rough to the touch
  • Dry and flaky skin

What causes the callus?

If your shoe rubs the same spot of the foot over and over again a callus will begin to form to protect the soft, delicate skin. If a show is too tight and puts pressure on the foot than a callus will form to prevent further injury or puncture from this pressure. More often than not, calluses are caused by shoes that do not fit properly. Sandals, heels, and flats are also known to cause calluses on the heel due to their design.

Treating a callus that is on the heel is not impossible but it will take some work. If you are up for the challenge begin by giving yourself a pedicure. Take a pumice stone and gently rub the skin of the callus. Once the skin is smoother apply ointment or moisturizer to the skin to help it become happy and healthy again.

If you don’t want to give yourself a pedicure you can always go to your podiatrist’s office. There your podiatrist can safely remove the callus. Your podiatrist will also instruct you on proper footwear. Proper footwear will prevent calluses from forming which will prevent future pain. A sneaker is usually a good option when picking a new pair of shoes.

If your podiatrist is unable to file away your callus then he or she may recommend he callus be surgically removed. This usually happens in extreme and rare cases of calluses.

Unfortunately, calluses are likely to return. It is imperative that you see a podiatrist to help remedy your callus. At home treatment is not recommended as it can cause infection of the foot and lead to more severe problems down the road.

If you have a callus on your heel and are in pain or dislike it looks, then call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Your calluses are one step away from being smoothed over.