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The feet and hands are the most common places for calluses, which are thick, hard areas of dead skin. Persistent friction and/or pressure on the afflicted area  results in calluses. Calluses on the feet can be treated naturally. However, it may be more beneficial to visit a podiatrist who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of problems of the feet and lower legs, to get them removed for your peace of mind. 

The causes of calluses, available treatments, and indications that it might be necessary to see a professional like the Doncaster Foot Clinic are all covered in our helpful guide. So, keep reading to learn more! 

What are Calluses? 

When referring to the hands or feet, a callus is a thick, hardened patch of dead skin. The skin often appears  yellow-ish,  rough and firm. Corns and calluses are both caused by hyperkeratinization, which is the thickening of the skin’s outer layer. Both corns and calluses form to shield the skin underneath them. In contrast to corns, calluses are less distinct and cover broader areas. Especially on the bottom of the foot, and are usually quite painful. 

What Causes Calluses?

Long-term pressure, rubbing, inflammation, or friction on the skin’s surface causes calluses. Calluses can develop on the skin of the foot for a variety of causes. A few of these are:

  • Walking around barefoot.
  • Wearing poor-fitting footwear. 
  • Smoking nicotine products. 
  • Bone spurs, hammertoes, or bunions (bony bumps at the base of the big toe) are examples of medical  complications that might affect someone’s ability to walk (an abnormal bend or buckling at the middle joint of a toe) and can lead to calluses.

Can You Remove a Foot Callus? 

Foot calluses can be removed through several methods, some of these methods include:  

  • Spending five to ten minutes soaking your feet in warm, soapy water to soften the skin and ease any pain or discomfort you might be feeling. You might also take a foot bath with Epsom salts.
  • You can try salicylic acid, just select a 17% salicylic acid over-the-counter product. For three to seven days straight, apply on the callus. If you have any underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, you shouldn’t use this product and should seek professional help. 
  • Applying a lotion or cream moisturiser, it is best to find a product containing urea, ammonium lactate, or salicylic acid. These components are useful for removing calluses.
  • Utilise a pumice stone, because, with a pumice stone and light pressure, you can remove the callus. Avoid removing too much skin as doing so might cause discomfort and infection.
  • Pick footwear that isn’t too tight or loose. This will lessen the friction and aid in preventing or aggravating the calluses. 
  • Visit the Foot Clinic, with skilled scalpel debridement and enucleation, our HCPC-registered podiatrist will treat you without causing any discomfort, offering you immediate relief.

When to See a Healthcare Professional

If any of the following statements apply to you, you should see your doctor for a callus-related issue:

  • You have diabetes: People who have diabetes may have poor sensation and circulation in their feet, which can hinder healing and increase the likelihood of infection.
  • If you exhibit symptoms of infection: An infected callus will exhibit redness, discomfort, swelling, and seeping or pus.
  • Your podiatrist may suggest surgery if the pain persists after attempting various conservative treatments if the discomfort does not go away.

Things to Walk Away With 

Even though calluses are normally not dangerous, they can make people feel insecure, especially during the sandal-wearing months. The best technique to treat calluses is to locate the source and take appropriate action. For instance, if uncomfortable shoes are to blame, replace them with a more supportive pair. 

If you need help from a professional, our appointments are intended for people who frequently have bothersome calluses and painful corns that may be interfering with basic daily tasks, movement in general, or participation in sports and exercise. Better yet, your feet will feel refreshed all year long since we provide this top-notch, expert service at a very reasonable cost!

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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How to Remove Calluses from Your Feet