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How to prevent calluses on your feet

Symptoms of foot calluses

In their beginning stages, foot calluses are not painful, but can lead to pain later on if you neglect treatment. Foot calluses can result in the thickening of your skin over a bony spot of your feet, and are generally oval in shape. The affected area can become red, brown, or yellow-gray in color, and may begin to burn or throb. In their advanced stages, foot calluses can result in pain, tenderness, pus or fluid drainage, swelling, and fever.

Causes of foot calluses

Calluses can be caused by any number of reasons, the most common of which is wearing improper footwear that is too small, too tight, or too narrow at the toes, such as high heels. Calluses can also be caused by wearing socks that bunch up at your toes, walking around barefoot, participating regularly in athletic activities, having an abnormal gait, or from having flat feet or high-arched feet. Calluses commonly develop in those who are overweight or obese, and in those who have existing bunions.

Preventing foot calluses

The most ideal way to prevent foot calluses is to wear comfortable, properly-fitting footwear and to stay away from shoes that pinch your toes, such as high heels. Additionally, practice good foot hygiene and wash your feet thoroughly, especially after engaging in intense physical activity. Wear orthotics in your shoes whenever necessary to redistribute pressure when walking, running, or standing, and visit your podiatrist regularly to undergo routine foot examinations.

When to see your podiatrist

Do not attempt to remove calluses on your own at home using a knife, razor blade, or another type of surgical instrument, since this behavior could lead to infection. Make an appointment with your podiatrist if you want any calluses removed from your feet. Your foot doctor can also perform an exam to determine if you have any other foot disorders.

Call Kansas City Foot Specialists to schedule an evaluation at (913) 338-4440, or request an appointment online so we can determine the true cause of your injury and get you back on your feet.