Callus

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc. -  - Podiatry

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc.

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, & Westlake Village, CA

For most people, a callus doesn’t usually require care from a doctor. However, if your callus is causing pain or you have diabetes or poor circulation to your feet, you should seek expert care. The specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., with offices in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, and Westlake Village, California, provide medical treatment for calluses. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Callus Q & A

What is a callus?

A callus is a thick, hardened layer of skin that develops on your foot as a means of protection against pressure and friction. Your callus may have formed because your shoes were too tight or from wearing shoes without socks. However, certain foot issues may increase your risk of developing a callus, such as:

  • Hammertoe
  • Bunion
  • A bone spur or other foot deformities

In most cases, a callus isn’t painful and may go away on its own when you remove the source of pressure or friction. However, if you have diabetes or poor circulation to your feet, you’re at a greater risk of developing complications from your callus and should seek help from the experts at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. on how to care for your callus, even if it’s not causing pain.

What is the difference between a callus and a corn?

Calluses and corns are very similar and often treated together.

Callus

A callus usually develops on the sole of your foot, most often on the heel or the ball, and usually doesn’t cause pain.

Corn

A corn usually develops on your toes and causes a round inflamed bump with a hard center. Unlike a callus, a corn can be painful, especially when you put pressure on it.

When should I seek medical treatment for a callus?

If your callus is painful or inflamed, you should come in and see the experts at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. for an evaluation and treatment plan. And as previously mentioned, if you have diabetes or poor circulation to your feet, you shouldn’t treat your callus on your own, even if it’s not painful.

What is the treatment for a callus?

Your specialist at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. will develop a personalized treatment plan for you to help remove your callus based on your symptoms, the source of the callus, and your medical history.

Treatment may include:

  • Professional trimming of the callus
  • Placement of callus-removing patch
  • Custom-made orthotics

If your callus developed from a foot deformity, your specialist at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. can create a custom-made orthotic specific for your foot to protect your foot from the pressure and friction that caused the formation of your callus.

In some instances, your specialist at Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc. may recommend surgery to correct a bone deformity to help prevent future callus formation.

For expert care for all your foot needs, including removal of your callus, call Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., or book an appointment using the online booking button.