We’ve all experienced calluses and know what a nuisance they can be. Calluses are usually formed when there is pressure or friction, like a new shoe rubbing on your heel. This area of pressure on the skin will form a callus, or hardened skin, to protect the skin from breaking down.
The most common areas for callus formation are near a bunion or on the heels, as well as on the bottom of the foot.
A callus formed on the bottom of the foot is called a plantar callus. The word “plantar” refers to the bottom or sole of the foot; you see this used in other foot conditions like plantar warts or plantar fasciitis.
While not normally serious, plantar calluses can become a problem or signal a more serious problem. If you have diabetes and cannot feel the bottom of your feet, the callus could break down and become infected, which is a very serious issues for diabetics as foot infections can lead to catastrophic results.
Plantar calluses can also indicate abnormal foot function and motion. If you consistently have calluses on the bottom of your feet, visit your podiatrist to get a thorough foot examination. Abnormal foot function and motion do not resolve on their own and could require custom foot orthotics.
When calluses form, you can soften them with good quality foot cream and/or use a pumice stone to decrease the callus size. (If you are diabetic, it is not a good idea to use a pumice stone; see your podiatrist for relief!)
The bottom line to getting rid of calluses is to address the cause of the problem. Remember, take care of your feet and they will take are of you!
If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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