WHAT IS A CALLUS?
A callus is a patch of hard, thickened skin. Often yellowish in colour (depending on skin tone), calluses are rough to the touch. They can develop on different parts of the body but are common on the feet, usually affecting the ball of the foot, the heel, or the outer side of the big toe.
For the most part, calluses are inconvenient but do not cause too much disruption. However, if left untreated, you might find that your calluses become uncomfortable when standing or walking.
Although they develop on the skin, calluses have nerves and bursal sacs (shock-absorbing, fluid-filled balloons) beneath them that can trigger shooting pains, aching or soreness. Untreated calluses can also cause the skin to crack and split, leading to bleeding and potential infection.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CORN AND A CALLUS?
Corns and calluses both manifest as areas of thickened, hard skin on the feet. Although they develop to protect the skin underneath from friction, the hardened layer can become uncomfortable. Calluses and corns are similar, and it’s easy to confuse the two. However, there are some key differences.
Corns are usually small and localised, affecting a limited area of skin — often the tops or sides of the toes. Calluses, on the other hand, can impact larger areas. They often spread across the heel or ball of the foot. Calluses also tend to be less defined in shape than corns, which are generally circular. Please visit here to find out more about our corn removal treatment.
WHAT CAUSES THEM?
Calluses develop due to repeated friction or pressure, as your shoes or the ground rub against the bony parts of your foot. In response to the friction, the skin thickens over time.
But what causes the increased pressure? This can be down to a few different factors, including:
TREATMENT AND REMOVAL
CALLUS TREATMENT IN BEDFORD WITH MYFOOTMEDIC
If you’re looking for local callus treatment in Bedford, you can visit the MyFootMedic clinic or book an appointment online.
Book an appointment today, and our podiatrists will be able to assess, diagnose and treat your callus using the most appropriate methods.