A callus is an area of hardened skin which has been toughened due to repeated friction or pressure. They are usually caused by ill-fitting shoes (either too tight or too loose) which consistently rub against a particular area. To protect your skin, your body builds a thick layer of dead skin cells which prevents further friction – this is a callus. Although calluses are usually harmless, they can be unsightly and sometimes painful. Fortunately, foot callus removal is possible – here’s all you need to know.
At Home Foot Callus Removal
There are several home remedies that you can try if you have calluses. Remember – as with any at home remedy – that if you experience any pain or have any concerns, you should see a medical professional.
- Soak your feet. Using a solution of warm water and Epsom salts, you can try soaking your feet each evening. This will soften your skin, and can help prepare your skin for other methods of removal.
- Try exfoliating. You can use a pumice stone to gently rub the area (stop if there is any pain), which will help to lift away the dead skin cells. You can also get exfoliating creams for your feet – ask your podiatrist for their recommendations.
- Moisturise. After exfoliating, use a gentle moisturising cream which will soften and protect your skin.
However, the best cure is prevention in this case. Because calluses are often caused by the shoes you wear, this is the place to start. Make sure your shoes are the right size (and it can be illuminating to get your feet measured as an adult!). You should avoid wearing high heels or tight, pointy shoes and instead opt for wide, well-cushioned shoes. You can also add insoles into your shoes to protect your feet even more.
You should find that after wearing well-cushioned shoes for a while, your calluses will start to fade.
Foot Callus Removal From A Podiatrist
A podiatrist is a skilled medical professional trained in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the feet and lower limbs.
If you have any pre-existing issues with your feet, or if you have diabetes, you should always go to your podiatrist rather than trying at home solutions. However, you can always make an appointment with a podiatrist even if you don’t have pre-existing conditions.
The podiatrist will be able to quickly and safely remove calluses, and they will give you advice about how to avoid getting more calluses in the future. They can also check your general foot health, and treat any other issues you have.
Booking An Appointment…
Booking an appointment for foot callus removal at Northwich Foot Clinic is quick and easy. Simply head to our online booking form and select ‘New Patient Podiatry’, or phone us on 01606 45077.
Our foot clinic is easily accessible for people across Cheshire and the North West, handily located in the centre of Northwich. Our experienced podiatrists are here to keep your feet healthy!