A callus is a hardened are of the skin caused by excessive pressure in a specific are of the foot. If left untreated, foot calluses can become painful.
Similar to corns, calluses are usually caused by poorly fitted shoes but could be the result of a more serious issue. Some common causes of foot calluses are:
- High-heeled dress shoes
- Shoes that are too small
- Abnormalities in the gait cycle
- Flat feet
- High arched feet
- Loss of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot
Many people try to alleviate the condition themselves by cutting or trimming them. This is very dangerous and can worsen the condition. Diabetics especially should never try this kind of treatment.
To relieve excess pressure that leads to foot calluses, weight should be distributed equally with the use of orthotic inserts. An orthotic transfers the pressure away from the callus and will allow it to heal properly. The doctors at Livingston’s New York podiatry office will recommend safe treatment options to help alleviate your discomfort.