Having dead and hardened skin on your feet can be uncomfortable and unsightly and can also make it difficult to walk around in footwear without pain from the calluses rubbing on your shoes.
You can treat small calluses with a pumice stone or file and apply moisturizer to soften the skin, but properly removing the dead skin of large calluses can be hard to manage without cutting into your living skin and causing bleeding. For this reason, you should have your foot doctor remove cracked and hardened skin to help avoid injury and infection.
Ways to treat calluses on your feet include:
- Using custom orthotic inserts to redirect stress and pressure—Custom made orthotic inserts are created to mold to your precise foot shape. They can be used to treat many foot conditions and when properly placed they will direct pressure away from calluses.
- Shaving and debriding the dry and damaged skin—Your podiatrist is best qualified to do this procedure using a special debriding tool to remove dead skin while causing a minimum of bleeding.
- Peeling with strong acid solution in combination with debriding—Maximum strength salicylic acid solution is applied to soften the skin and make it easier to remove with some of the other methods.
- Surgery may be needed in severe cases—In cases where a concurrent abnormality like a bunion or hammertoe is contributing to callus formation, your foot doctor may need to perform a surgical procedure to fix the underlying condition.
If you need help treating calluses on your feet, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will lead you to the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!