Eight Facts About Calluses

Did you know one in 20 Americans will develop a callus this year? You might be among them. Here are some facts you should know about the causes, signs, and treatment of this common foot condition:

  1. A callus is known medically as a tyloma or a keratoma.
  2. Most calluses are painless but, left untreated, can cause discomfort standing, walking, running, or even just wearing shoes.
  3. A callus is a thickened area of dead skin. It might be a slightly different color than the rest of your skin.
  4. There is one cause of calluses: friction. When the skin rubs against a shoe or even against another spot of skin over a long period, a callus develops. It can happen due to long hours standing, many miles of running or hours of exercise, and footwear that doesn’t fit well.
  5. A callus can develop anywhere on the body. The feet are a particularly common area for calluses to form, especially in areas that bear weight, such as the sole, the ball, or the heel.
  6. Anyone can get a callus: men, women, and children. People with illnesses that affect circulation, such as diabetes, are particularly at risk.
  7. Attempting to remove a callus at home can result in a painful infection. It is a job for a professional with years of specialized training and experience. Your podiatrist is a medical expert and the most appropriate doctor to help you.
  8. Callus removal is a simple in-office procedure, and because there are no nerve endings in the dead skin of your callus, it won’t hurt.

Do you have a callus or another concern about your feet, ankles, or lower legs' health and wellness? Cook County podiatrist Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can help with examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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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