Calluses occur as a defense mechanism to extreme friction placed on them for a variety of reasons. Your foot can take only so much friction before it reacts. This reaction can cause unintended consequences as seen with calluses since they can become problematic. Issues that tend to have a helping hand with the formation of calluses are narrow toe boxes in your shoes that crowd the toes and intensify friction dynamics on your foot. Heels or inherited irregularities may also cause calluses. Calluses occur since people tend to spend a great amount of time on their feet every day and can be a real pain to deal with if they become overly large and cause problems with shoe fit.
What to do if you have a callus
- Wear suitably fitting and helpful shoes that can reduce forces placed on the foot that can eventually lead to the build-up of a callus.
- Use devices that cushion the bottom of your feet. Custom fitted orthotics evenly distributes pressure points to prevent the abnormal application of pressure on feet.
- Calluses can be trimmed after soaking them and then using a pumice stone to scrape away dead skin layers.
- Use medicated creams that help in removing the dead skin tissues.
- Surgical procedures may be necessary when conservative methods are unsuccessful. These procedures will alter the setting of the foot’s bone to stop the creation of calluses.
Here at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, our team can help to determine the best course of action to prevent the further development of calluses on your feet. If you’re ready to get your feet free from the shackles of calluses, then take the time to contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible! We have four offices conveniently located in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands and Atascocita, TX. We look forward to working with you to bring comfort to your feet through the elimination of your calluses.