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A callus is a thickening and hardening of the skin, usually under the ball of the foot, due to consistent pressure and friction in that area. This is your foot’s natural reaction and attempt to protect itself against additional stress, pressure and friction.
The common causes for excessive calluses or blisters are:
If you have diabetes or another medical condition that causes poor circulation to your feet you may be at greater risk of complications from calluses.
Frisco patients often mistake foot calluses and blisters for being the same thing, however there are differences. Blisters are smaller than calluses and typically have a soft center surrounded by inflamed skin. Blisters tend to develop on the parts of your feet that don’t bear weight such as the top and side of your toes, between your toes, and can be painful when pressure is applied.
Calluses differ from blisters because they typically form on the soles of your feet, especially under the heels and balls of your feet. Calluses are rarely painful though they are often larger in size than blisters.
Corns are smaller than a callus and typically have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. Corns tend to develop on the parts of your feet that don’t bear weight such as the top and side of your toes, between your toes, and can be painful when pressure is applied.
The most common symptom of foot corn, calluses and blisters include:
Options for treatment may vary based on the length of time the calluses or blisters have been present and the severity of pain the corns, calluses or blisters are causing. Common treatments include:
Depending on the severity of your corns, calluses or blisters and the cause, you may require surgical treatment to relieve symptoms.
There a number of way to help prevent corns, calluses and blisters from developing. Follow these simple suggestions to avoid problems:
For more information of treating corns and calluses contact our Frisco office at (214) 385-8822 to schedule an appointment with Board Certified Dr. Verville.