Callus is an area of skin which has become tough and thickened caused by this pressure; it may be a yellowish colour in appearance. When we walk or stand our feet takes the pressure of our entire body weight and more. When the pressures on the foot become excessive some areas of the skin on the foot can thicken as a protective response. When it builds up too much callus may cause pain, discomfort, and itch.
Callus forms due to pressure, either in the form of friction or direct force, if people did not walk/wear shoes they would not get callus. The pressure is most likely due to inappropriate/ill-fitting footwear, the structure of the foot, or the way in which someone walks. For example, bony deformities such as hammer toes can cause an increased pressure on the top of the toe joints. People with certain systemic conditions can make them prone to having dry skin which contributes to callus formation, such as diabetes, scleroderma, psoriasis or malnutrition.
There are certain risk factors which increase someone's chances of developing callus such as:
Do not try to attempt to remove the callus yourself as this often exacerbates the problem. If a callus formation is causing irritation or discomfort, then an appointment should be arranged with a podiatrist, at Liverpool Podiatry a thorough assessment will be conducted and advice will be given on how to reduce the risk of developing callus/slowing down the callus growth in the future.
Here at Liverpool Podiatry, calluses can be easily removed by one of our podiatrists using a scalpel blade. This treatment is usually painless and will remove problematic callus, relieving pain or discomfort that may be experiencing, also improving skin function and appearance.
Following an assessment with a podiatrist; they will create a thorough treatment/management plan, to determine the underlying cause of the callus and prevent it recurring if possible. They may redistribute pressures on your feet with the use of orthotics, corrective inserts, strapping, or soft padding, and give advice on the application of ointments to use at home.
If you have a problem with your foot or lower limb, and you are unsure whether or not podiatry can help you, then why not contact us. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0151 558 0099.
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