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The hardest working parts of our bodies, our feet, are where calluses typically develop. You generally don’t worry much about ugly dry skin until the summertime when the spotlight is shone upon our typically concealed body parts. This may happen if you spend a lot of time staring at the soles of your feet, perhaps during a particularly flexible yoga practice. Do not, however, fear; calluses are fairly common and simple to remove. In this article, we address the most often-asked questions concerning this very small skin issue, including solutions that result in wonderfully smooth soles.

Can Calluses Go Away on Their Own? 

You may be surprised to learn that yes calluses can go away on their own. The skin will gradually soften up if you quit doing whatever is generating the constant friction and pressure. However, as walking is a major cause of hard skin, you probably won’t be able to stop doing this due to it being a normal, daily task, therefore most individuals will need to remove their calluses through ways of intervention.

Why is Your Callus Yellow? 

The unhealthy-appearing hue of yellow, orange or brown on a callus may be its most unpleasant feature. It’s just a buildup of multiple layers of skin and is nothing to be concerned about. Yellow spots on other parts of the body are more likely to be seen than yellow feet like calluses on the palms of the hands, yet in very rare circumstances yellow feet may reveal an underlying medical issue.

Can Calluses be Painful? 

More often than not, a callus will not cause you a great deal of pain. However if they become really dry, they may begin to split, for instance on the borders of  the heel. In certain circumstances, they could be painful, and possibly bleed.

Are Calluses a Health Risk? 

It is extremely rare for a callus to cause any real threat to your health. On the other hand, if a callus begins to crack and bleed it may be at risk of causing an infection. But more often than not, they are just a vanity problem. 

Can you Remove a Callus at Home? 

You can remove a callus from the comfort of your own home, providing that you have no underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes. We would recommend always checking in with a doctor or podiatrist before removing a callus at home if this is the case. 

As calluses are formed of thick, dry skin, it is necessary to rehydrate and soften the skin to treat them. Apply a thick moisturiser two to three times daily. You might also try soaking your feet for 10 to 20 minutes and using a pumice stone or foot file to gently exfoliate any stubborn skin.

How Do You Stop a Callus Coming Back?  

It is possible to stop callus from coming back, but it all comes down to how you originally got the callus. You might just stop playing an instrument, for instance, if you developed calluses on your hands from doing so, but that is not likely to be a workable option. Instead, moisturise frequently and treat your skin well.

Our appointments are designed for patients who commonly develop unpleasant calluses and painful corns that may be preventing them from performing simple everyday tasks, moving around normally, or engaging in sports and exercise. Even better, because we offer this first-rate, professional service at a very affordable price, your feet will feel renewed all year long!

Contact us today to book your callus removal appointment. Not sure if this is the right treatment for you, take a look through our services for more guidance. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Calluses