Experiencing hardened skin on the bottom of your feet can be very uncomfortable and can make it difficult or impossible to wear shoes. While many calluses can be successfully treated at home with soaking and moisturizing treatments, more advanced calluses or heel fissures should be treated by your foot doctor to minimize the chances of infection and help prevent further complications.
5 ways to treat calluses on your feet include the following:
- Foot soaks and moisturizer—Soaking your foot in warm, soapy water will soften the skin and open pores. After drying your feet, apply ample moisturizing cream to foot calluses and let it soak in. Repeat daily to help soften skin.
- Skin debridement—Your podiatrist can perform dead skin removal using a special debriding tool without causing excessive bleeding. It may be combined with one or more of the other methods.
- Acid solution—Prescription-strength acid is used to melt away tough, dead skin.
- Orthotic shoe inserts—These are used to shift pressure away from calluses and to correct pronation problems that can exacerbate them.
- Surgery may be necessary—In more severe cases, the thick, cracked skin may need to be surgically removed
Heel calluses that aren’t properly treated can progress into painful, bleeding heel fissures that may be susceptible to infection, so be sure to get treatment from your foot doctor. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.