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Calluses Treatment in Houston

Calluses

Calluses are your body’s response to the friction and pressure your skin goes through. This means that all the rubbing of your foot in the shoe leads to a thickening of your foot skin. Even bones that are not in the right position, skin that is caught between the bone and shoe and build ups between shoe and ground are all other reasons for calluses.

Your body skin starts thickening to protect the foot from this unusual pressure, wherein calluses and corns develop. These calluses are varied in size, and can be painful. Sometimes, calluses may also get infected, destroy healthy tissue and even affect foot movement.

Calluses generally spread at the bottom of the foot or form on the outer edge of a toe or heel. They generally form a plug of pressure in regions with maximum pressure. Pinch calluses are those that grow on the outer edge of the big toe or heel.

Treatment

There are various treatment options to use for treating calluses. The first thing to do is to get a good supporting shoe with a wide toe box and a low heel.

With the help of protective covering or bandages on the sore, it is possible to decrease friction on the heel skin till the sore heals.

Soak your feet in warm, soapy water to soften the callus. Consequently, apply moisturizing agents like lotions to the callus.

Hard thickened regions should be rubbed with sandpaper disks or pumice stones to reduce the callus build up.

Change shoes or socks to reduce stress on hands or feet.

Regular use of paraffin baths help in reducing the build-up of callus.

orthotics, devices used for realigning mechanical disturbances of the foot also help in treating calluses. Though they are available over the counter, it is better to make a cast of the foot, according to the doctor’s prescription.

Medical treatment

If there is an infection in the callus, the doctor may prescribe some antibiotics. However if non-surgical treatments don’t help in treating the callus, the doctor may suggest its removal surgically or with the help of keratolytic agents. These keratolytic agents help in breaking up hardened skin areas.

The protruding bones where calluses or corns are found may be surgically removed. Even shaving or cutting helps in treating calluses.

Prevention

As calluses may reoccur, it’s better to take these preventative steps to prevent this.

● Make it a point to wear gloves for protecting hands.

● The shoes and socks you wear should fit well, and not rub and cause friction.

● In case there are regions on the foot that undergo increased skin friction, wear felt pads here.

● Any bone abnormalities should be surgically corrected to prevent friction and calluses.

● Always keep you hands and feet moisturized.

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