Been squeezing your feet into badly-fitting shoes again? Better read on, Cinderella.
What are they?
- Thickening of the surface layer of the skin, usually as a result of pressure or friction from badly fitting shoes
- In some cases, calluses can be caused by problems associated with weight and/or posture
- See your doctor (GP) if a callus feels as if it has formed on top of a lump on your foot or bony prominence
Signs and symptoms
- Problem areas include the ball of the foot, the heel, and the underside of the big toe.
- Some growths can be painful, and only relieved by rest
- In most cases, gently rubbing away the hardened skin layer with a pumice stone will sort the problem out
- If the problem persists, your GP or chiropodist may debride (pare down) the callus
- Get yourself properly fitted for shoes
- Choose a pair with a good arch and shock-absorbing soles
- Avoid high heels
- Use a moisturiser to keep skin moist and supple
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