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Calluses

Diabetic Foot and Wound Center -  - Wound Care Specialist

Diabetic Foot and Wound Center

Wound Care Specialists & Podiatrists located in Bakersfield, CA

Tight shoes and socks may cause friction and pressure on your skin. To protect itself from the excess rubbing, your skin thickens, creating a callus. Though calluses don’t always cause pain, if you’re experiencing foot pain and the podiatry team at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center can help. They offer innovative treatments to remove the thickened skin and prevent a recurrence. To schedule a consultation for the management of calluses, contact the office in Bakersfield, California, by phone or online today. Telehealth, same-day, and next-day visits are available.

Calluses Q & A

What are calluses?

Calluses are thickened layers of skin that develop on the soles of your feet, usually at the heel or the ball of your foot. Calluses act as a source of protection against repeated pressure or rubbing from your shoes or socks.

Calluses vary in size but can be large and may or may not cause pain.

What are callus symptoms?

A callus usually causes a thick, rough area of skin. The skin may also be flaky, dry, or scaly.

Calluses and corns are often grouped together but aren’t the same. Corns tend to develop on or between the toes and have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin that causes pain when pressed. 

When should I seek medical help for a callus?

You should seek medical help from the experts at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center if your calluses are inflamed and causing pain. If you have diabetes, you should also get help from the expert team, even if your calluses aren’t inflamed or causing pain.

People with diabetes are at a greater risk of foot infections and limb amputations. Diabetes damages the nerve endings and blood vessels in your feet. If your calluses are inflamed or infected, you may not know it because you can’t feel the pain. 

You should also seek medical help from the team at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center if your calluses are the result of a foot deformity, such as bunions or hammertoe, or you have a circulation condition like peripheral arterial disease (PAD) that may affect wound healing. 

How are calluses treated?

The podiatry experts at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center develop individualized treatment plans for calluses based on the severity of your symptoms and your medical history. 

After a comprehensive evaluation, the team may recommend:

  • Changes in shoe wear to prevent the rubbing
  • Padding to protect your feet
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Trimming away excess skin
  • Callus removing medication

If your calluses develop because of a foot deformity that’s affecting your quality of life, the experts at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center may suggest surgical intervention to correct the underlying condition and prevent future calluses.

For comprehensive management of calluses and any other foot needs, contact Diabetic Foot and Wound Center by phone or online today.