Treating Calluses Can Be a Pain – How to Do It Right

If you’ve been going barefoot more often than not this summer, whether while doing yardwork, or at the pool or beach, or used to run around shoe-less while playing as a kid, you’ve probably noticed the build-up of skin on the bottom of your feet that is better known as a callus. Usually caused by friction or increased stress and pressure, the thickened skin protects the tissue underneath, but can also become painful if you depend on your feet every day.

Things to Know

The first step you can take to prevent, eliminate and treat calluses and corns is to replace any poor-fitting shoes. If your shoes don’t fit, they’re likely causing friction and pressure that cause calluses. If that isn’t enough, there are also treatments you can use in your home to relieve irritating calluses and corns (which form on the side or top of your toes):

• Callus Pads are thick and soft, made to absorb pressure and friction which can prevent and relieve built-up calluses. You can even trim them to fit your foot or shoe.
• Exfoliating cream helps smooth, restore, and moisturize the skin on the bottom of your foot, both removing dry skin from your heel and helping to prevent possible infection, a concern particularly for callus-sufferers with diabetes.
• Corn and callus trimmers provide a safe way to remove dry and hardened skin from any part of the foot. However, these shouldn’t be used if you have diabetes or poor circulation.
• Foot files are similar to nail files, except they’re made to smoothly and precisely reduce rough, dry areas of skin on your feet, including corns and calluses.
• Toe separators can help reduce friction and pressure caused by your toes rubbing against each other, a frequent callus and corn cause.

No matter when you prefer to treat your feet–you can treat them well with one or more of the above routes to reducing your calluses and corns. And don’t forget to use proper footwear that keep your feet friction-free and feeling great! If you have diabetes, poor circulation, or numbness, or suspect infection, you’ll want to visit your doctor for specific treatment advice to treat calluses.

Author
Dr. Todd Mann Dr. Mann has been providing podiatry care for over 19 years. He grew up in Dayton, OH where he volunteered from the age of 10 at the nursing home where is mom was a nurse. He attended IU Bloomington to earn his undergraduate degree and then attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine where he graduated with honors. He started At Home Podiatry to provide high quality podiatry care to patients who had a difficult time leaving their homes. Dr. Mann is a Certified Wound Specialist. He is board certified by the American Board of Wound Management.

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