A callus is a thickened, hardened part of the skin that forms on the bottom of your foot, especially on the ball, the heel, or on the underside of your big toe. Most active people develop calluses. These tougher spots protect more sensitive layers when your feet are exposed to excessive amounts of pressure or friction. Calluses that persist and become painful, however, often require medical treatment.
Causes of Calluses
- Bone spurs
- Flat feet
- Hammertoe sufferers are often prone to developing calluses
- Playing sports that place a lot of pressure on your feet
- Walking barefoot
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes--tight and high-heeled shoes squeeze your feet; loose shoes can cause your feet to slide and rub against the shoes; and shoes with thin soles can increase the amount of pressure on the balls of your feet
Symptoms of Calluses
- Dry, hard, thick skin on your foot
- Grayish or yellowish color to the hardened skin
- Pain when walking or wearing shoes or when you apply pressure to it
Treatments for Calluses
- Using pads to cushion the callus and reduce the pressure placed upon it
- Wearing excellently fitting shoes, including custom-made orthotics --NOPA offers more than 150 unique possibilities
*Please be aware that we do not recommend cutting a callus yourself. This is dangerous and can lead to further injury. If your callus is persistent and painful and you would like to learn more about its removal, please see a podiatrist.
Prevention of Calluses
- Gel pad inserts
- Wearing comfortable, properly fitting shoes
Text Us About Calluses
At New Orleans Podiatry Associates, we are experts in treating calluses. Our lead podiatrist, Dr. Edward M. Lang, has been helping patients resolve calluses for over 30 years. Please text our HIPAA-compliant communication platform at (650) 405-0442 and chat directly with our team to learn more about callus relief . You do not have to live with calluses. We are foot and ankle specialists, and we have helped thousands of patients reclaim their foot health.
Call Us for an Appointment
At New Orleans Podiatry Associates, we are experts in treating foot and ankle pain. Our lead podiatrist, Dr. Edward M. Lang, has been helping patients resolve foot and ankle pain for over 30 years. Please call our main number at (504)-897-3627 for both our New Orleans and Metaire locations, and speak directly with our team to learn more about how New Orleans Podiatry Associates can help you get back on your feet. We are foot and ankle specialists, and we have helped thousands of patients reclaim their foot health.
Request an Appointment for Calluses!