Listen To Your Podiatrist: 5 Dos And Don'ts For Treating Calluses

Michelle Hopkins

Calluses on the feet, which are a thickening of dead and roughened skin, are often caused by friction and pressure. The thick mass of roughened skin often may cause discomfort as you stand or walk. If you tend to stand on your feet for several hours a day, the problem may become worse. There are several measures to take if you have developed foot calluses. With the help of a podiatrist (foot specialist), you can eliminate the calluses and find relief. Here are a few dos and don'ts to consider when dealing with calluses on the feet:

1. DO Wear Properly Fitted Shoes

Wearing shoes that are too narrow or those that cramp the toes together may lead to calluses or worsening of your existing symptoms. If you have calluses on your toes, you might want to consider wearing a wide width shoe. In some cases, the podiatrist may recommend wearing custom made shoes. 

2. DON'T Use Medicated Pads Unless Your Doctor Instructs You To

For some sensitive individuals, medicated pads may cause irritation to the skin. If you have diabetes or circulatory problems, your callused foot may become infected more easily by using medicated pads. As a precaution, consult with your podiatrist before using any type of pad that is medicated. 

3. DO Soak Your Feet Daily

Soaking your feet in warm, soapy water may help to soften the calluses and relieve the discomfort. You might also want to add a cupful of apple cider vinegar to the water. After soaking your affected foot or feet, try using a pumice stone to the softened callus. This may help slough off the dead or roughened skin.

4. DON'T Walk Barefooted

Walking barefooted, indoors or out, may cause additional friction and irritation to your callused feet. Always wear some type of comfortable shoes or slippers to avoid this from occurring.

5. DO Make an Appointment With a Podiatrist If All Else Fails

If you are unable to find relief by taking the above mentioned measures, it is best to see a foot specialist who can eliminate the calluses safely. Attempting to remove the calluses yourself with a knife or other sharp instrument may cause bleeding or infection. Your doctor may use a scalpel to shave the calluses safely and carefully, to help prevent the possibility of infection. In addition, the doctor may prescribe shoe inserts or shock-absorbing orthotics to cushion your feet and alleviate pressure.  

For more information or assistance, contact establishments like Elkhorn Foot and Ankle Clinic PLLC.