Callus Management is Best Handled by a Podiatrist

Is there a callus on your foot? Many people – men, women, and children – develop a callus at some point in their lives. Also called a tyloma or a keratoma, calluses are compacted, thickened patches of dead skin cells.

Calluses can occur anywhere on the body, but are especially common in weight-bearing areas that are close to the bone, such as the heels or the soles of the feet. They often begin as a blister in response to friction, and then turn into a hardened callus over time. This serves as a protective function for the skin on your feet, serving as a kind of shield and helping you stand, walk, and run comfortably. Some athletes even value their calluses and see them as a competitive edge.

However, calluses can also be uncomfortable. A callus might throb, ache or burn. You might not like the appearance of your calluses, or embarrassed when others comment on them. Worst of all, the skin of your callus might be extremely dry and create small cracks that allow bacteria to enter your body and cause infection. If you notice redness, swelling, bleeding, or pus around your callus, this is cause for concern, especially if you are living with diabetes or another underlying condition that compromises your health.

If your callus is bothering you, do not attempt to remove it yourself! At-home semi-surgical procedures are never a good idea, and those chemical solutions you read about online can do much more harm than good. A visit to a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is in order. Your podiatrist will be able to treat your callus simply, gently, and painlessly.

Are you worried about a callus, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of feet, ankles, or lower legs? Schedule a visit with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM today. Dr. Alexopoulos will conduct a thorough examination, arrive at an accurate and specific diagnosis, and then work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and ongoing care. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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