Your Podiatrist Can Help You Manage Your Calluses
Calluses, known medically as tylomas or keratomas, are a common reason that patients come to see Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM. They can be uncomfortable, but your podiatrist has treatment options available.
What Is a Callus?
A callus is a thick, protective layer of compacted dead skin cells that protects the skin from damage or injury. They result from friction and bearing your body weight. This is actually helpful in areas where the skin is vulnerable, such as the heel or ball of the foot. Unfortunately, sometimes this layer of protection become too thick, and then it causes discomfort. This condition is common. The American Podiatric Association estimates that 1 in 20 people have a painful callus.
What Should You Do About a Callus?
At first, you might choose to do nothing about your callus. You might even like having it there if you’re an athlete who feels that tougher skin is an advantage. But if it’s painful, you’re going to want to deal with it.
There is only one safe at-home callus treatment. Take a shower or bath, rub your callus with a pumice stone, apply some emollient notion, and wear socks overnight. If you do this for several days, you might notice some improvement.
If things don’t improve, you may be tempted to take another step – using a grater or razor on your callus. Don’t do it! This is a job for an expert, not for you and not for a salon nail tech! You can actually make your problem worse by causing small nicks or cuts and allowing an infection to enter your body.
If you are dealing with a painful callus, or if you have any other concerns about the health or wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, an appointment with a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova is the best course of action. These specialists have years of training and experience and are the best-qualified medical professionals to help you.