Calluses are formed by the body as a means of protection when the skin encounters continued stress. They are typically harmless and often do not constitute a medical problem. But they are definitely unsightly and can cause problems if the underlying reason for them is not addressed. You may be able to treat them at home but for expert help consult with your Glendale and Phoenix, AZ, podiatrist Dr. Michael Dershowitz of Southwest Foot Institute.
Home Care for Calluses
Both calluses and corns form as thick hard patches of skin on your feet due to repeated friction. Corns tend to appear on the sides of your foot, often on the toes, while calluses are larger and are usually present on the heel and ball of your foot.
Calluses can occur if you take part in a sport or a job that demands that you be on your feet for extended periods of time. But they can be exacerbated by improper footwear.
So the first step you can take toward alleviating your calluses is to make sure that you are wearing shoes that are neither too tight nor too loose on your feet. Over-the-counter products can further aid in padding your foot, and incorporating periods of rest in your activities can also be helpful.
In dealing with the calluses you already have soaking your feet in warm water for 20 minutes before gently rubbing the affected area with a pumice stone can remove the hard skin little by little.
When to See Your Glendale and Phoenix, AZ, Podiatrist
If you are not seeing results treating calluses on your own, if they become painful, then it’s time to see your podiatrist. This becomes much more necessary if you suffer from diabetes, it’s inadvisable to treat foot conditions on your own if you suffer from the disease. Your doctor can advise you on the best course of treatment and offer in-office care, even surgery on far more severe cases. To explore all your options please make an appointment today with Dr. Dershowitz of Southwest Foot Institute in Glendale and Phoenix, AZ, by dialing (602) 340-8686.