Calluses: How to Treat Them

Calluses are most often found on people’s feet, and commonly results from inappropriate footwear. Whether you wear high heels, or shoes that are too tight for your feet and putting pressure onto the toes and the ball of the feet. Here is some helpful information on calluses and how to treat them.

What Are Calluses?

Calluses, which are caused by constant pressure and friction, are areas of dead skin that form over time. While very rarely they are painful, calluses can be a nuisance.

Tips to Help Treat Calluses

While it is never wise to scrape away at a callus, since this can cause an infection, you can do the following to help get rid of them:

  • Soak your feet in warm water to soften a callus, then use a pumice stone to help file down the callus.
  • Wear shoes that prevent unnecessary pressure, or use foam inserts in your shoes.
  • Always wear socks when necessary.

It is important to remember that a treatment plan is only effective when you eliminate the source of what is causing the friction, or callus.

It is important to seek professional medical treatment if your calluses become painful and you cannot get rid of them after following the helpful tips above. We can offer other treatment options, as well as advice as to how to eliminate your calluses.

The Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois specialize in treating a variety of foot and ankle issues. Contact us for more information on how we can help you today.