Don’t Get Lazy With Calluses
Calluses are not to be toyed with at any of its stages. However, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry have great methods for treating this condition that can help provide relief from associated pain and any other potential complications. So, please call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location to learn more about this condition.
Calluses are layers of thick, dead skin that are generally caused by rubbing and the pressure occurring from the resulting friction. They generally form on the side or bottom of the toes or can also happen on the soles of the foot. The most common reason for this condition is improperly fitting shoes. They actually result from the body’s protective mechanism to fight against constant rubbing. Unfortunately, ladies experience this condition more frequently due to their tendency to wear high heels or tight footwear for fashion purposes. They can also occur from deformities in the foot like hammertoes. Calluses are unsightly and can eventually become painful. Diabetics are also more prone to developing this condition due to their frequent ulcerations that can become quickly infected.
Methods to prevent this condition include:
- Wearing well-fitting shoes that do not rub against the foot.
- Wearing comfortable socks.
- Reducing the amount of running long distances or working in places that involve standing for long periods of time.
- Using shoes with cushioning and wide toe boxes to reduce friction.
- Filing down the calluses with a pumice stone to remove layers of dead skin, but making sure not to cut or shave them off with sharp objects due to the increased risks of infection.
It’s important not to get careless with calluses as they can become a real pain when participating in normal activities. Please contact our offices today so that we may be able to examine your feet for calluses, provide you with the correct education regarding calluses and perform any necessary treatments to alleviate pain and restore your overall foot and ankle health to a great condition.