Calluses aren’t just unsightly, they can become uncomfortable the longer you let them go. If you have a callus, foot care specialist Velimir Petkov, DPM of Premier Podiatry can help. Dr. Petkov and his Clifton, New Jersey-area podiatry team can gently and safely remove calluses, so you can leave the clinic with smoother feet. You can request an appointment by clicking on the online booking feature, or by calling the office and speaking with a team member.
Calluses are areas of thickened skin that can occur anywhere on your body. They form because your fragile skin is trying to protect itself from friction and irritation, typically in weight-bearing areas. This is why calluses tend to develop where your feet rub against the insides of your shoes, like on your heels or on the bottoms of your toes.
You’re also more likely to have calluses if you have a foot deformity, such as a bunion or hammertoe. Many men and women also develop corns in the case of a foot deformity, too.
Corns are similar to calluses, but they form on non-weight-bearing areas, such as across the tops of your toes.
The telltale sign of a callus is the hard, thickened, flaky skin that develops. Usually, calluses are lighter than your normal skin color, since the skin is dead and needs to slough off. Your callus may be:
In severe cases, a callus can grow painful as irritation and inflammation build up. This can lead to secondary issues, including heel pain, since you’re going to change the way you walk (your gait) to avoid putting pressure on the callus. Dr. Petkov and the team at Premier Podiatry can treat your calluses (or corns) right in the office and educate you on how to prevent further issues.
Before treating your calluses, Dr. Petkov might need to find out why you have them. This can involve gathering X-ray or ultrasound images, or watching you walk. If there’s an underlying issue, such as heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, he can treat that condition, too, so you won’t keep developing calluses.
Once he better understands why you have calluses, he uses a surgical blade to gently shave away the damaged skin. The entire procedure is painless — your callused skin is already dead. If you’re in significant pain, you might also need cortisone injections or anti-inflammatory medications to relieve your discomfort.
Occasionally, Dr. Petkov encourages callus sufferers to get fitted for custom orthotics, especially if calluses keep coming back. Orthotic inserts can prevent future rubbing and irritation and decrease your risk of more callus issues.
You can get through callus treatments at Premier Podiatry. Request a callus treatment appointment online or over the phone.