If calluses cover your feet, they can be unsightly and uncomfortable. At Manhattan Footcare in Brooklyn and the Midtown Manhattan region of New York City, Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, help their patients get rid of calluses and provide advice on keeping them off. To learn more about calluses and how to keep them at bay, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
There’s nothing complicated or dangerous about calluses. Calluses are simply thickened areas of skin where there is more friction and pressure than normal. Your feet are under constant pressure from carrying the weight of your body and they experience an enormous amount of friction. This pressure and friction cause your skin to build up calluses to provide added protection for your feet.
Unfortunately, this protection can also cause problems, both functionally and visually. For example, calluses that form around the edges of your heels can split open and create very painful fissures.
Calluses can also be cosmetic concerns because the hardened skin is often scaly, rough, discolored, and more prone to embedding dirt.
If you’re prone to developing calluses, schedule an appointment at Manhattan Footcare to sit down with either Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace to figure out why. They will review your activities, your footwear, and your at-home skincare routine to identify the likely causes behind your calluses.
Once they understand your situation, they may recommend a change in footwear, orthotics to keep your feet from slipping around, and a better at-home skincare routine. Most importantly, they will remove the calluses.
Once your doctor removes the buildup of skin, you can do your part by following their instructions for footwear and instituting an at-home regimen that keeps your feet moisturized.
Soaking your feet in warm water and using a pumice stone can also help prevent the buildup of skin. You should never use anything sharp to remove calluses, as you may cause serious damage to your feet. If your calluses don’t go away after soaking and mild scraping, see Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace to have them removed.
To learn more about callus removal and prevention, call the Manhattan Footcare office nearest you or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.