What are Calluses?
Callus formations are caused by an accumulation of dead skin
cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. Callus formation is the
body's defense mechanism to protect the foot against excessive pressure and
friction. Calluses are normally found on the ball of the foot, the heel, or the
inside of the big toe.
Some calluses have a deep-seated core known as a nucleation. This particular type of callus can be especially painful to pressure. This condition is often known as intractable plantar keratosis.
Calluses develop due to excessive
pressure at a specific area of the foot. Some common causes of callus
Prevention and Treatment
Many try to alleviate the pain caused by calluses by cutting
or trimming them with a razor blade or knife. This is very dangerous and can
worsen the condition and result in unnecessary injuries. Diabetics especially
should never try this type of treatment.
To relieve the excessive pressure that leads to callus
formation, weight should be redistributed equally with the use of an orthotic.
An effective orthotic will transfer pressure away from the high pressured areas to allow the callused areas to heal. Orthotics should be made with materials that absorb shock and shear friction forces. Women should also avoid from wearing high-heeled shoes.
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