Callus

Updated: April 2021

Overview:

Callus is caused by and helps protect the body from pressure or friction on the skin. A callus is usually larger than a corn. Callus commonly occurs on the ball of the foot and around the edge of the heel. Once removed a callus may reoccur if the pressure or friction causing the callus is not removed.

Signs or symptoms you may experience:

  • Under the ball of the foot painful, yellow, thickened skin especially when walking barefoot or on a hard surface.

  • Around the edge of the heel thickened skin which may also be cracked (fissures).

If it's not a callus, what else might it be?

What causes a callus?

  • Claw or hammer toes: callus under the ball of the foot behind toe.

  • Bunions: callus inside of big toe, big toe joint, ball of foot, usually 2nd metatarsal head

  • High arched feet: callus under ball of foot, usually 1st and 5th metatarsal heads

  • Flat feet: callus under ball of foot, usually 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads

  • Open footwear such as thongs, scuffs, mules and open heel sandals: callus around edge of heel. 

Treatment options:

The aim of treatment is to remove your callus, reduce pressure, friction and address any related issues.  Usually a combination of treatments will be required. While the aim of treatment is to resolve symptoms, some individuals may have no benefit or increased symptoms from some treatments. Cease these treatments and contact Inform Podiatry.

  • Callus debrided (removed) by Inform Podiatry, we do not recommend the use of beauty salons or home callus removers.

  • Footwear advice to reduce pressure/friction causing the callus.

  • Padding in shoes or on feet to reduce pressure/friction causing the callus.

  • Moisturising cream to soften the callus. Inform Podiatry recommends and sells Walker's urea 15 foot lotion.

  • Prefab or custom orthoses to improve foot function to reduce pressure/friction causing the callus.

  • When non-surgical options have been trialled without satisfactory benefit, Inform Podiatry may recommend a referral for a surgical opinion​.

Disclaimer:

Inform Podiatry provides these webpages for general advice.  Please book an appointment at Inform Podiatry for individual assessment and treatment of your foot or lower leg condition.

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