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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 20, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: calluses   bone spur   corn  

A callus is a hardened, thick patch of skin. At The Foot & Ankle Care Center, PC, we find that most patients believe that calluses are a skin problem but in reality, they are a sign of a bone problem. A bone spur or a bone that is enlarged or protrudes is subject to pressure from your shoes when you walk. Over time, in response to this pressure, a callus or corn forms. (Corns are similar to calluses but they have a hard “corn kernel” like center.) The callus is actually your body’s way of protecting the tissue between the bone and the outer layer of your skin.

Calluses most often form on the heel, ball or side of your foot or on your toes, depending on the cause. A plantar callus can develop on the bottom of the heel, for example, in cases where one metatarsal bone is lower or longer than the rest. An intractable plantar keratosis refers to a callus under the ball of your foot which caused when one metatarsal head is lower than the others and therefore receives an excessive amount of pressure because it hits the ground first, getting the full force of all your weight.

When is Treatment Needed?

Although a callus may not be painful initially, as it grows larger it may start to cause you considerable discomfort. Calluses press on nerves and can cause bursal sacs to become inflamed which can make your foot hurt—anything from a dull ache or sore feeling to sharp, shooting pains. Calluses and corns can also become irritated on the outside as friction from footwear and repeated rubbing create blisters and sores.

Ultimately, the underlying cause of the callus needs to be treated. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will get your medical history and conduct a thorough examination of your foot. The podiatrist will also want to know about your work and activities to help hone in on what’s forcing the callus to form. There are a number of treatments to help elimina

te calluses but without eliminating their cause calluses are likely to return and grow larger.

If you have discovered a corn or callus on your foot, make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: 912-330-8885 to find out the best treatment plan for you.

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