3 Easy Treatments for Foot Calluses


The hard, dry, and rough skin of calluses that form on your feet not only feel uncomfortable, but they also look terrible and can even crack and become infected with fungi and bacteria.

Calluses are a natural reaction to the high pressure encountered by your feet. They usually appear on the ball, heel, and outside edge of the foot where this pressure is most pronounced. While a cushioning layer of skin is necessary, when it becomes thick, brittle, and cracked it is time to see your foot doctor for a proper evaluation and more in-depth treatment.

3 easy treatments for foot calluses include the following:

  1. Custom orthotic insertsCalluses are also exacerbated by friction from rubbing inside your footwear. Orthotic inserts are an excellent way to isolate calluses and to even out the pressure to help prevent them from getting worse.

  2. Carefully remove the dead skin—Dry and dead skin can be carefully sanded away with a file and pumice stone. You can have this done at your podiatrist’s office with a special debriding tool that can remove thickened skin without causing injury.

  3. Salicylic acid can be used to soften hard skin—A salicylic acid patch can be placed over the callus to soften the dead skin for much easier removal. Over-the-counter acid solutions can be helpful, but for optimal effect see your foot doctor for higher strength acid treatments.

If you need help treating calluses on your feet, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.