The human body is incredibly adaptable, and calluses are just one way your body defends you. Calluses are thick patches of skin that develop to protect you when the skin is subjected to excessive friction and pressure. Calluses are a risk factor for greater problems, particularly for diabetics or anyone with compromised circulation.
Signs Your Callus is a Problem
Identifying a troublesome callus is relatively simple: if they are bothering you or inhibiting your life in any way at all, see your podiatrist!
In some cases, the callus may become sensitive or start to crack. Consistent foot care can help keep calluses supple and prevent them from growing large enough to crack or drain. There are many products available to make foot care easier, including foot soaks and pumice stones.
If you are experiencing calluses, take care to protect your feet, wear supportive footwear that fits correctly, and adjust your posture so your weight is distributed evenly across the entire foot. Calluses often signal a larger biomechanical problem with the foot. Contact us today to learn more about calluses and what you can do to manage them.