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Calluses

Calluses Foot Doctor Specialist NYCA callus is a build-up of dead skin cells, caused by repeated friction against your skin. Calluses can occur anywhere on the body, but tend to appear most often on your hands and feet. This is a protective measure your body takes to create a cushion to reduce pressure on a sore spot.

Calluses can look yellowish and are larger than a corn, another common hardening of the skin at a pressure point. Your Manhattan podiatrist sees calluses on a regular basis. While there’s no standard size or shape for a callus, your foot specialist can diagnose the spot that’s bothering you as a corn or a callus. Common locations where you might find a callus include:

Calluses typically aren’t painful; however, some untreated calluses develop a center or core, called a nucleation that can cause significant pain. If you’re experiencing pain from a callus, make an appointment with the best foot doctor in NYC Dr. Jennifer McCoy you can find to have it treated. Don’t let it linger.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Callus Causes

There are actually quite a few things that can cause a callus. Basically, if you’re not taking good care of your feet, you’re at risk of getting a callus. Some things to watch out for:

  • Repeated rubbing or friction: Pressure on the same spot of your foot can cause a callus. If, for example, you have a job where you’re on your feet a lot, you’re putting pressure on the same places on your feet over and over. A callus might build up to try to cushion those places.
  • Ill-fitting shoes: If your shoes don’t fit well, whether they’re too big or too small, the shoes rub certain spots repeatedly. This commonly causes a callus, especially if your job or daily routine requires you to walk or stand for long periods of time. Talk to your Manhattan podiatric doctor about supportive shoes for your feet. If you’re not sure what you should look for in a good shoe, ask the best foot specialist Dr. Jennifer McCoy to make some recommendations.
  • No socks: Socks actually give you some support. They buffer your foot if your shoe rubs. Some shoes don’t look right with socks, but you can find socks cut specifically for high heels, sports shoes and other specialty shoes. You’ll be surprised at how much better your feet feel with even the thinnest socks. Your podiatric doctor in Manhattan might even sell specially made socks.
  • Too much weight: Being overweight puts pressure on your joints and your feet. While you can put in inserts or get more supportive shoes, the best solution is to relieve the pressure pushing down on your feet — while increasing your overall health — by losing weight. The best NYC foot doctor can recommend a nutritionist or other specialist if you need help losing weight.
  • High heels: While they may look great, these shoes place the bulk of your body weight onto the balls of your feet, your toes and your arches. If they don’t fit perfectly or you aren’t wearing socks or hose, you’re bound to get calluses — especially if you wear them every day. Get some cushions or shoe pads made especially for heeled shoes. They’re cut to be invisible while wearing the shoes. Your NYC podiatrist can recommend good brands.
  • Your gait: The way you walk can cause calluses. Maybe your knees turn in, or your toes turn out as you walk or run. Your gait can cause certain places on your foot to rub even in the best fitting shoes. Pad those places, especially if you’re on your feet a lot of the time or you’re an avid walker or runner. Make sure your shoes are well padded, and always wear socks. The best foot specialist in NYC can evaluate your gait to pinpoint the problem. Then, you have to practice how to walk and run to protect your feet.
  • Physical issues: High arches, flat feet and bony prominences can lead to physical issues that impact how your foot lands when you walk. The fat pad on the bottom of your foot can wear away, creating the potential for calluses. If your feet aren’t supported properly, a callus can build up to protect a raw spot. Find the best New York foot doctor so your physical issues can be treated properly before you worry about calluses. Other conditions that increase your chance of getting a callus include:

Tests and Diagnoses

A physical examination is the easiest way for your podiatrist in NYC to confirm if you have a callus. During the exam, the foot doctor looks for:

  • Thick rough skin
  • Hard, raised lump
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Flaky, dry or waxy skin
  • Redness and swelling

If your Manhattan foot specialist suspects a physical issue is the root cause of your calluses, then an X-ray may be needed to confirm the diagnosis, but often a simple physical exam is enough.

Treatment

Treatment is only necessary if your calluses hurt. While treatment options do exist, keep in mind that it can take weeks or months to get your callus to completely heal. If you’ve made changes — reducing the repetitive action, wearing better shoes and always wearing socks — yet you’re still experiencing painful calluses, your midtown Manhattan podiatrist may recommend that you:

  • Use moleskins, cotton pads, lamb’s wool or other protective pads
  • Trim away the excess skin
  • Keep your nails trimmed — when they’re too long, they can cause pressure as well and lead to a callus
  • Use antibiotic ointment to reduce the risk of infection
  • Soak your feet at home, followed by gentle use of a pumice stone
  • Apply lotion to reduce your callus over time — best done daily and in conjunction with wearing supportive shoes and socks
  • Buy an over-the-counter callus removal kit and follow the instructions exactly

In worst-case scenarios, surgery may be needed. The foot doctor can perform it if your callus just won’t go away or if it continues to cause you extreme discomfort. Surgery is always the last option.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not a definitive medical advice. Please consult foot doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Do you have any questions about Calluses removal or treatment in NYC? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Jennifer McCoy of Manhattan Foot Specialists, please contact our office for consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

51 East 25th Street, Ste 409
New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 687-2930

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The information on this website is to provide general guidance. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a best in class podiatrist regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs as it may a sign of a serious illness or condition. A thorough consultation and examination should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call a physician or call our office today and schedule a consultation.