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The Sunset Foot Clinic

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA, Sherman Oaks, CA, & Whittier, CA

Calluses form when there’s pressure or friction against your feet and toes. They’re usually not a medical concern, but if you have diabetes, they may lead to complications. Whether you need diabetic foot care or dislike the appearance of calluses, board-certified podiatrist Thomas Lim, DPM, can help. At The Sunset Foot Clinic in Los Angeles, Dr. Lim treats calluses through debridement (removal) and medication. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone. The clinic has eight convenient locations throughout Silver Lake, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, Northridge, La Palma, Whittier, Ontario, and Downey, California.

Callus Q & A

What are calluses?

A callus is a thick, hardened layer of skin. They form in response to pressure and friction because your skin is trying to protect itself from injury. They usually appear on your feet (especially the soles), toes, hands, and fingers.

People often develop calluses as a result of their feet or toes repeatedly rubbing against their footwear. If you don’t wear socks with shoes, or your shoes are too tight, you’re likely to develop a callus. Certain shoe styles, including high heels, are especially likely to cause calluses.

Calluses aren’t the only foot problem that results from repeated friction and improperly fitting shoes. Often, people who have bunions, hammertoe, and bone spurs also have calluses.

Calluses feel bumpy to the touch and are less sensitive than the surrounding skin.

Do calluses require treatment?

As long as your callus doesn’t hurt, you don’t need to seek treatment, but you should determine what’s causing it. Usually, the callus heals on its own once the friction or pressure causing it stops. So, for example, if your shoes are too tight or worn out, wearing properly fitting, supportive shoes should allow the callus to heal.

You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Lim if your callus is painful. That may be a sign of more serious foot problems. You shouldn’t try to use a sharp object to remove the callus, as this can lead to injury or infection.

Always seek medical attention for a callus if you have diabetes. A callus can break down and lead to a diabetic foot ulcer, which can become infected and lead to serious complications if not treated properly. Dr. Lim is experienced in diabetic wound care.

How are calluses treated?

If you get treatment for a callus at The Sunset Foot Clinic, Dr. Lim may try approaches that include:

  • Trimming the excess skin with a scalpel
  • Applying medication containing salicylic acid to the callus, causing it to gradually fall off
  • Fitting you for orthotics, or custom-made footwear inserts, to relieve pressure on the callus

Dr. Lim also examines your foot for other problems that may have contributed to the callus.

If you have diabetes, and a foot ulcer forms under the callus, Dr. Lim may perform a debridement, where he removes dead tissue so the wound can heal properly. He may also recommend diabetic footwear to support your feet and reduce the likelihood of calluses and other causes of diabetic foot ulcers.

Schedule an appointment at The Sunset Foot Clinic online or over the phone.