A callus is a thickening of the outer surface of the skin, which can be a discrete area of thickened skin or a diffuse area.
Calluses develop due to forces such as pressure, friction, rotational or shearing. They may also be a result of trauma, hormonal (such as thyroid dysfunction, diabetes or menopause) or occupational. Calluses usually occur on the ball of the foot, the heel, and under the big toe, or under bony prominences.
Most calluses gradually disappear when the friction or pressure stops, although your doctor may shave the top of a callus to reduce the thickness. Properly positioned moleskin pads can help relieve pressure on a corn. Most foot doctors discourage the use of over-the-counter salicylic-acid corn remedies.
What your chiropodist may do during a callus treatment:
- Provide temporary relief by reducing the callus by debridement.
- Apply various pads to relieve pressure.
- Recommend appropriate shoes.
- Prescribe orthotics to correct functional problems and/or redistribute weight.
For more information on our callus treatment, or to schedule an appointment, please contact BioPed in Barrie, Ontario.