A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin that forms due to pressure and friction and is the body’s way of protecting itself from that excessive pressure. With feet enduring 6-8 times a person’s body weight with each step it’s no surprise calluses commonly occur on feet. Calluses can often cause pain and discomfort. This condition is very easily treated by a podiatrist.
Common Areas Calluses Occur On The Foot
As previously mentioned, calluses can occur anywhere there is excessive pressure or there is rubbing that causes friction on the skin. As a consequence, they frequently appear on:
- The toes
- Ball of the foot (forefoot)
What causes excessive pressure on the feet?
- Poor fitting footwear
- Walking (gait) patterns
- Structural deformities (such as bunions, hammertoes)
If you believe that you have a callus on your foot, you should see a podiatrist for advice on treating the condition. A podiatrist can treat the callus in the form of sharps debridement which is painless and can bring immediate relief to any pain and discomfort experienced. A podiatrist will also be able to provide guidance on managing the condition and in some instances prescribe foot orthotics and footwear advice where appropriate.