When someone is described as “callused,” it implies that the individual is unaffected by emotions or experiences. Having missed the playoffs in 6 of the last 7 seasons, hopefully the Dallas Stars’ management makes some moves so fans don’t become callused to failure from their favorite hockey team! Your feet can develop calluses, too, as a way to protect them from constant pressure or friction.
A callus is comprised of layers of dead skin that have become hard and thickened in areas of stress. When a diabetic individual develops one, it could potentially become a serious foot ulcer. Even non-diabetic individuals need to seek medical care if a callus becomes inflamed or painful.
Common causes of calluses on your feet include:
- Tight shoes. When your footwear is too tight, especially for athletic and high-heeled shoes, your feet are compressed and this creates pressure and friction on the skin.
- Loose shoes. Whereas tight shoes apply constant pressure, shoes that are loose allow your feet to rub against the inside as they slide back and forth. Your body will develop a callus to protect against the resulting friction.
- Socks. Whether you choose to go without or wear socks that are too loose, your choice can contribute to the development of a callus. Opt to always wear well-fitting socks with your shoes to minimize your risk.
- Damp feet. Keeping your feet dry and comfortable helps avoid various conditions, including corns and calluses. Have a dry pair of socks with you and change into them when necessary if you have hyperhidrosis (a condition that causes excessive sweating) or know that you will be sweating a lot.
- Toe deformities. Bunions, hammertoes, and claw toes all put your lower digits in unnatural positions. Given that shoes are designed with average feet in mind, these deformities are more likely to rub against the interior of footwear and lead to hard, dry skin patches or blisters.
There are many instances where calluses do not cause much difficulty. When they do, though, the expert care you will always find at Richardson Podiatry Associates will help. If you need treatment, or would simply like additional information, contact our Richardson, TX office.