Calluses are areas of thickened skin on the bottom of the foot that develop from excessive pressure or irritation. Calluses usually form on the soles of feet, especially in the area of the ball of the foot. This part of the foot is a weight bearing area where metatarsals bear a great amount of weight and pressure. Many over the counter treatments for calluses are only temporary because the source of the unwarranted pressure is not alleviated. The physicians at Podiatry Associates of Florida will conduct a complete examination of your feet and provide professional treatment plan to relieve painful or inflamed calluses. For individuals with diabetes, calluses can lead to more serious foot issues so a visit to a podiatrist is recommended.
Causes of calluses can include:
• Poorly fitted shoes
• Regularly wearing high heels
• Certain deformities of the foot
• Hammer toes
• Not wearing socks