Having hard, rough, calluses on your feet is a normal reaction that your skin has with all the stress and pressure endured by your feet. Calluses cushion and protect your feet from injury, but when they get too thick and brittle, it can cause pain and discomfort, and some of the hard skin will need to be removed to provide relief.
You can soften and remove some of the dead skin by soaking your feet and slowly sanding off the dead skin with a pumice stone or file.
4 additional methods of removing and treating calluses on your feet include the following:
- Acid removal—A specially made patch containing a high concentration of salicylic acid can be applied to the callus to soften it for easier removal.
- Medication—Antibiotic ointment may be prescribed to treat and prevent infections from occurring in the cracks of calluses.
- Orthotic inserts—If you have arch and ball problems, your doctor may prescribe custom-made orthotic inserts that can shift the stress and pressure and decrease callus formation. Orthotics can also help prevent and treat corns that may form on bunions and hammertoes.
- Surgical removal—In some instances, such as with heel fissures, surgery may be required to properly remove the damaged skin or to repair broken or damaged bone.
If the calluses on your feet are causing you pain and discomfort, see your foot specialist to determine the cause and the correct treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.