Calluses demand our immediate attention because they can be felt more easily as they get bigger. Our podiatrist, Dr. Joel S. Segalman, DPM can diagnose and treat this condition at the Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC. Please call or visit us at our Waterbury 203-755-0489 & Newtown 203-270-6724, Connecticut locations today.
Calluses happen because of an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden on the foot. They are caused by a response to friction because of consistent pressures on the foot. The skin of the foot attempts to protect itself by producing a thick layer of skin. This condition occurs because of shoes with high heels, obesity, deformities or flat feet. The dead skin that makes up calluses are a form of defense since the foot is trying to protect itself against repeated pressures.
This condition forms because certain individuals may spend a great amount of time on their feet daily. They appear as little bumps on your feet due to superfluous dead skin cells that are formed by friction. This friction can be caused by pressure that’s exerted on the feet from walking. Calluses must not be confused with other conditions that cause a hardening of the skin in the same areas of the foot, such as genetic disorders which may present themselves as calluses, but could actually be a symptom of something more serious.
Treatment for this condition strives to reduce friction forces on the foot. People with calluses should not utilize poorly fitting shoes and should instead place padding on the corn that will allow the calluses to heal. Combining these methods with other medications will be the best form of initial treatment. If an infection occurs, removal of it may be required to be performed by a medical professional to stop any additional complications. Antibiotics may be used to kill off any infection.
Moreover, calluses should be treated with care and with haste to prevent them from becoming too large where conservative methods may not be as helpful. So, please contact us now for a step in the right direction!