Calluses are a common problem affecting the feet and ankles. But if you have poor circulation or diabetes, they increase your risk of more serious issues, like infection. At Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. in Arcadia, California, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons Caitlyn Lee, DPM, AACFAS, and Wenjay Sung, DPM, FACFAS, specialize in treating calluses. The practice is one of the few in Los Angeles County offering fat pad injections to reduce friction and improve mobility. Call Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. today to schedule treatment for calluses, or book your appointment online.
Calluses are buildups of hard, thickened skin. They commonly occur on the palms of the hands but can form anywhere your skin experiences regular friction.
Calluses are often large and have an irregular or oblong shape. They’re particularly common on the heels and balls of the feet because those areas carry most of your weight.
Calluses result from repeated friction or pressure on your skin. If you wear shoes or socks that irritate the heels, balls, or soles of your feet, excess skin builds up as a defense mechanism.
The hardened skin protects the underlying tissue from additional damage, but it can be uncomfortable and affect mobility.
Foot and toe calluses affect people of all ages, but several factors increase your risk, including:
Underlying health problems can increase your risk of calluses. For example, rheumatoid arthritis and gout affect the alignment of the bones in your feet, causing them to rub against your socks and shoes.
Callus symptoms include:
Seek treatment even if your symptoms are mild. Over time, calluses can turn into open sores, increasing the risk of infection.
Your Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your feet. Calluses are visible, but your podiatrist might have you walk around the room to assess your posture and gait and how your shoes move with your feet.
Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. treats calluses using a conservative and minimally invasive approach. Your provider might suggest:
If your feet are bony, they might recommend fat pad injections. Fat pad injections use human fat tissue to plump up your feet, reducing friction against your skin.
Call Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. today to schedule treatment for calluses, or book your appointment online.