Calluses on Feet: Causes, Considerations, and Effective Solutions

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At the Clinique Podiatrique de laval, we have treated numerous people concerned about calluses on their feet. These skin thickenings are a common condition, but with our user-friendly guide, we hope to help you better understand them and, above all, find solutions.

 

What are calluses?

Calluses on the feet are skin thickenings resulting from constant pressure or friction in a specific area of the foot. They can be soft or hard, and their nature varies depending on their location. It’s crucial to distinguish between corns and calluses. While corns are typically smaller and have a central core, calluses are broader areas of thickened skin without a defined core.

 

Causes of Calluses on Feet

There are multiple reasons why calluses can develop on the feet:

 

  • Inappropriate footwear: Narrow shoes, high heels, or those that don’t provide adequate support can be culprits.
  • Prolonged pressure: Standing for extended periods, especially in improper shoes, can increase the risk.
  • Foot deformities: Issues like bunions, hammer toes, or abnormal bone structure can cause abnormal weight distribution and lead to calluses.
  • Walking style: An irregular walking pattern can increase friction in certain foot areas.
  • Repetitive activities: Sports or jobs requiring constant movements or use of particular footwear, such as running or dancing, can lead to calluses.

 

Consequences of Calluses

While calluses themselves are not harmful, if not treated properly, they can trigger additional problems:

 

  • Pain and discomfort: Especially when walking or wearing shoes.
  • Infections: The thickened skin can crack, creating an entry point for bacteria.
  • Changes in walking style: Pain or discomfort can cause individuals to change their natural walking pattern, which can lead to issues in other body parts, like knees or back.
  • Complications in people with diabetes: Calluses can lead to ulcers or infections, which are particularly risky for diabetics.

 

Effective Solutions

The treatment for calluses on feet varies based on their cause and severity. Some measures that can assist you are:

 

  • Change of footwear: Opting for comfortable shoes with good support can prevent and alleviate calluses.
  • Use of protectors: There are silicone or sponge protectors that can be placed over the affected area to reduce pressure.
  • Files and pumice stones: These tools help reduce the hardness of calluses.
  • Hydration: Keeping feet well-hydrated with specific creams can help soften the skin.

 

However, it’s essential to see a specialist to receive the appropriate treatment. At the Clinique Podiatrique de laval, we have expert professionals in treating calluses on feet and many other podiatric conditions.

 

Conclusion

Calluses on feet, while common, should not be ignored. They often indicate an underlying issue that requires attention, and if not treated appropriately, can lead to discomfort and long-term complications.

 

If you suspect you have corns and calluses or any other foot issue, don’t hesitate to contact the Clinique Podiatrique de laval,. Our team is ready to help you find relief and enhance your quality of life.

 

See you soon! And remember, your feet are the foundation of your well-being. Take care of them as they deserve, and if you have any doubts, we’re here to help. Contact us!

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