Preventing Calluses From Forming
A callus is basically just an area of hard, thick skin. A callus can occur on the heel, across the ball of the foot, or on the outer edge of the big toe.
A callus forms due to repeated friction and pressure. A small amount of pressure over a long period of time can cause a corn or callus to form. A great deal of pressure over a shorter amount of time causes a blister or an open sore to form.
Here are some tips to help you prevent calluses from forming on your feet:
- Wear well-fitting shoes that do not rub and cause friction and pressure on your feet.
- If you have calluses that you believe are caused by underlying foot structure issue, try using a shoe insert to correct it.
- Buy socks with double-thick toes and heels.
- You can also buy nylon hose with woven cotton soles on the bottom of the foot.
If a callus does form on your feet, there are several home treatment options available. If you are having trouble with a callus, you can also see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can trim the callus down and apply a comfortable padding to the painful areas. In severe cases, medication may be prescribed or cortisone injections may be used.
For more information, you can watch the video What is the Difference Between a Corn and a Callus?
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