Calluses Are Rough and Tough
Calluses are usually triggered by regular stress on the foot, producing layers of dead skin. They can start to get sore and annoying as they become dry and are usually the result of poorly fitting foot wear. The skin congeals as a defensive means to prevent other complications from developing. Chafing that occurs too frequently and with force can trigger this condition, and may lead to other complications such as foot ulcerations or infections. Calluses are tough to treat and are generally resistant to most chemicals because they are made up of widespread links of proteins. Therefore, timely treatment is important since they can be much easier to extinguish before layers of dead skin pack on top of each other.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Refraining from wearing poorly fitting shoes and placing cushioning around the calluses to promote healing.
- Using medications to treat infections occurring in the area of the callus.
- Removal of the callus by a medical professional.
- Antibiotics to destroy any lingering infections and to stop them from causing ongoing inflammation and fevers.
- Soaking the foot with the callus in warm water.
- Rubbing the soaked callus with a pumice stone to remove as much dead skin layers as possible since they have become softened (assisting with the prevention of additional layers of dead skin from forming at the site of the callus).
- Having a medical professional trim the extra skin when no infections are present.
- Utilizing shoe inserts to offset any deformities in the foot.
- Surgery to realign bones to prevent continuing friction from occurring on injured areas of the foot.
- Salicylic acid, which acts to dissolve the layers of dead skin of the callus.
Calluses can be annoying and become more problematic than you think. Since this condition can worsen when not treated appropriately, contact us when they form so your feet can be nice and smooth! Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry, located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM, can help treat this condition. Make an appointment today by calling our office at 504-302-1586.