Callus & Corns

Callus & Corns

The formation of calluses is caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. This callus formation is the body's defense mechanism to protect the foot against excessive pressure and friction.

Calluses are normally found on the ball-of-the-foot, the heel, and/or the inside of the big toe. 

Some common causes of callus formation are:

• shoes that are too small

• abnormalities in the gait cycle (walking motion)

• flat feet

• high arched feet

• bony prominences

• loss of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot.

• Debridement of callous is painless and is easily removed, and does not hurt after removal.

• To relieve the excessive pressure that leads to callus formation, weight should be redistributed equally with the use of an orthotic.