The hardened skin on your feet can be uncomfortable and unsightly and can make it difficult to wear shoes without pain. You can shave minor calluses with a pumice stone or file and apply moisturizing lotion to help soften the skin. Removing the dead skin of large calluses on your feet can be difficult to do without cutting yourself, so have your foot care professional remove cracked and hardened skin to prevent possible injury and infection.
Ways to treat calluses on your feet include:
- Using orthotic shoe inserts – These custom-made inserts are formed to your exact foot shape and will help to shift pressure away from calluses and corns.
- Skin debridement and shaving – Your foot specialist can perform dead skin removal without causing any unnecessary bleeding.
- Peeling with an acid solution – High strength salicylic acid solution can be used to soften the skin and make it easier to remove. Prescription strength acid is much more effective than the store-bought kind, and your foot doctor can combine this treatment with debriding to achieve the best result.
- Surgery may be needed – In situations where an underlying abnormality, such as a bunion, is causing the callus your foot specialist may recommend surgery to correct the problem.
If you need help treating calluses on your feet, see your podiatrist for the best care. 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 a 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.