Your feet work hard for you day in and day out so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that many people will deal with foot problems at some point. Perhaps you are prone to developing blisters or maybe you have noticed more and more calluses forming on your feet.
You may find that you develop calluses more easily if you wear tight-fitted shoes for long periods of time that rub against the skin. A callus is a thick patch of skin that has developed over time as a way to protect the skin from further irritation and damage.
While guitarists and gymnasts will often develop calluses on their hands and fingers, anyone can develop calluses on their feet. In fact, it is one of the most common places where calluses appear. While calluses are never serious for healthy individuals, they can certainly cause pain (especially when walking). While calluses can form anywhere on the feet they are often found on the balls of the feet. You may also notice calluses on the small toes, particularly if you have shoes that are too tight and rub against your foot.
So, can you speed up the healing process and remove the callus on your own? Well, in fact, you can! However, this is contingent on the fact that you are a healthy individual who doesn’t have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes a podiatrist should address any changes in your foot health right away, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. Otherwise, if you are healthy, you may be able to remove the callus safely from your own home.
One of the best ways to remove this thick layer of skin is to pumice it away. Soak your feet in warm water for around 10 minutes to soften the skin. Then use a pumice stone and gently rub it against the callus. Make sure to never rub too aggressively, as it could remove too much skin. If you want to have the calluses removed but are too nervous to handle this issue yourself, a foot care professional would be happy to help. Of course, you can also opt for non-medicated over-the-counter protective pads to place over the callus to protect it from rubbing and chafing against your shoes while you give it time to heal.
Of course, calluses will go away over time all on their own without treatment. It’s just important that you stop wearing shoes that could be causing calluses and that you only wear shoes that provide ample room for your feet so they aren’t rubbing against your skin. This alone will prevent calluses from forming and allow your current calluses to go away.
If in doubt about your foot health, it’s important to have a podiatrist on your side that you can trust. Call a foot specialist today if you have questions about how to care for callused feet or if you are experiencing other foot problems.