Callus Management is a Job for Professionals
Have you ever had a callus? About 5% of Americans experience one every year. Known medically as tyloma or keratoma, a callus is a thick, compacted layer of dead skin cells that protect the skin from damage or injury. Calluses often develop on weight-bearing areas and places where the bone is close to the surface. On the feet, they are often found on the heels and on soles at the balls of the feet. Corns look and feel similar to calluses, but they involve more inflammation and have tough centers. Corns tend to be found on the toes and the sides of the feet.
Not all calluses are problematic. Many calluses begin as blisters, resulting from friction. When the blister heals and the skin hardens, the callus then protects that vulnerable area. Some athletes even feel that their calluses help them by toughening up the skin and enabling them to run farther and harder.
Unfortunately, some calluses can hurt. They might throb, burn, or ache. This pain can interfere with your ability to stand and walk comfortably. Some people find them unsightly. If you find yourself in that situation, you may want to do something about your callus. Numerous at-home callus and corn removal potions and devices are available for sale at pharmacies and big box stores, but these are to be avoided. Callus removal is best handled by a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein. Proper treatment is essential to prevent infection. This is especially important for people with diabetes, who are at increased risk of foot ulcers and other potentially dangerous podiatric complications.
Your podiatrist can remove your callus with a simple, painless technique using a sterile blade. S/he will then monitor you after the procedure to ensure that your foot is healing properly. This is the safest, most effective way to take care of your issue.
If you have a callus that is causing you pain, or if you have any other concerns about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a visit to your foot doctor is in order. Schedule a convenient visit with Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in Hartford Podiatry Group’s comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started today.