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What is Hard Skin?

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Hard skin, medically termed callus, is an area of thickened hard skin, that may appear yellowish in colour. It can occur in a number of places on the foot, commonly on the big toe, tops of toes, heel area etc. 

What causes callus?

There are a number of causes for callus to form, these include; excessive pressure over bony areas, poorly-fitting shoes and excessive walking or running. However, some people have a naturally excessive production of callus for no obvious reason. 

What should I do if I have callus?

If you have callus formation then you should arrange an appointment with our chiropodist and podiatrist at my foot doctor. during your treatment she will examine your feet and discuss the possible reasons for your hard skin development and give advice if required. Our podiatrist also retails a number of foot care and wide fitting footwear products. 

Podiatry treatment for callus.

Callus can easily be reduced in a treatment session by your podiatrist using a sterile scalpel blade. This pain-free treatment aims to reduce pain or discomfort, restore normal appearance and improve skin function.

Callus is a symptom of underlying problems and so self treatment should only be attempted once a diagnosis of the underlying condition and advice on how to best manage it is gained from a podiatrist. 

Over the counter callus remedies treat the callus but do not treat the cause.

Podiatric management of callus with our chiropodist and podiatrist includes:

  • a thorough assessment to determine the cause of the callus
  • implementation of a management / treatment plan.

The management plan could consist of:

  • maintenance appointments to keep the callus reduced
  • use of padding to prevent the pressure
  • footwear fitting advice (if required)
  • provision of foot orthotics or supports to relieve the pressure under the foot
  • surgical correction of the bony prominence that may be causing the high pressure area

It is especially important that those with diabetes or poor circulation or elderly patients see a podiatrist for the management of callus. As products purchased over the counter may contain acidic chemicals which may harm fragile skin. 

If you would like some free advice feel free to Call: 01698 267389 text our podiatrist on: 07985 687 770, you can also includes pictures if you wish they will be kept confidential under the data protection act, as our podiatrist is HCPC registered healthcare professional. Book Chiropody Online Click Here.

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Chiropodists and podistrist can help diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of foot and lower limb problems, Our chiropodist and podiatrist is qualified to BSc Podiatric Degree standards, As well as dealing with minor foot treatments, such as corns, hard skin (callus), ingrown toenails, bunions, verruca, athletes foot, fungal nail infections, infected toenail, skin problems, we can also deliver fast and effective podiatric treatments such as surgery under local anaesthetic to deal with Ingrown or infected toenails (Ingrown toenail surgery). Our podiatrist can also deal with a wide variety of foot problems, such morton's neuroma, plantar fasciitis, metatarsaligia, neuropathy, over pronation, gait analysis, insoles and orthotic prescriptions, children's foot problems, sports injuries, arthritis, diabetic footcare, elderly foot care and gait changes, plus a whole lot more. we also offer some of the most up to date treatments in the UK, such as Low level laser therapy, which has been proven to treat a wide spectrum of painful foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, gout, arthritis, heel pain, achilles tendonitis, knee and ankle pain.