What to Do About Calluses
Don’t let calluses make wearing shoes painful. Here are tips to treat and prevent them.
Something feels a bit uncomfortable when you walk. You finally get home and take off those pesky shoes to see a rough patch of skin on the bottom of your foot. Chances are good you are dealing with a callus. While calluses are usually nothing to worry about for the healthy individual, our Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, podiatrists offer up suggestions for what you can do to treat and prevent calluses in the future.
Treating Your Callus
You’ll be happy to hear that most calluses will go away on their own. However, there is one big thing you need to do to make sure that the callus heals as quickly as possible. You need to prevent the foot from coming into contact with any more friction or pressure. There are many ways you can do this. For one, you can stop wearing shoes that don’t provide enough cushioning and support, as well as wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose. The type of shoes you wear is a major contributor to calluses.
You can also protect this sensitive area of your foot by placing a non-medicated protective pad (e.g. moleskin) over the callus. Why should medicated moleskin pads be avoided? It’s possible for someone to not place the pad properly, which can lead to chemical burns on healthy, non-callused areas of skin. These pads are also not recommended for those with diabetes, poor circulation or nerve damage in their feet. If you have diabetes and develop a callus it’s important that you turn to your Stafford and Lake Ridge foot doctors for the proper treatment (do not try to treat the issue yourself).
If the callus is dry or cracked you can also apply a moisturizer several times throughout the day. To really make sure the moisturizer works its magic, apply it before bedtime and then place your callused feet in socks. If you find that these at-home remedies aren’t getting rid of your callus then it’s time to talk to us about other treatment options such as stronger creams that can get rid of your callus quickly.
Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia is pleased to serve both the Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, areas. If you are dealing with foot pain or other issues then it’s time to turn to us for the TLC your feet need.