Callus is dense, yellow, hard skin found underneath the foot. It can be caused by excess mechanical stresses such as shear and friction.
Callus can be painful and feel like ‘walking on pebbles’. The location of the callus can indicate a biomechanical problem when walking. Older ladies are particularly prone to callus. Callus can be present as a result of underlying conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers or verrucae. People often need assistance with callus removal.
Podiatrists at Orthotika will carefully remove the callus with sharp instruments. The use of sterilised equipment and hygienic techniques minimises the risk of infection. The process is not normally painful and patients often report ‘walking on air’ once the callus is removed. The podiatrist may recommend a biomechanical assessment if callus is significant, recurs quickly or causes pain. If callus overlies an ulcer which fails to heal quickly a referral to a specialist may be recommended.
If a patient is concerned about callus removal a brief consultation can be arranged with a Podiatrist to discuss the problem and solutions.