Do you live in a cold climate? If so, you most likely wear gloves and hats to protect your skin from the elements. You may even slather on moisturizer to protect dry skin from cracking.
When your feet encounter a lot of friction, hardened layers of skin often develop to protect the skin from injury. This is called a callus. They are a common problem and often develop on the soles of the feet. They can occur from wearing tight high heels, obesity, an abnormality in a person’s gait or from having flat or high arched feet. With the right modifications though and finding and eliminating the source of pressure or friction, a callus will usually disappear on its own.
Foot specialists, Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, often treat patients who have calluses that are causing them discomfort. Calluses can become inflamed and painful requiring specialized treatment. For some patients, a foot abnormality could be causing the recurrence of a callus. Custom orthotics are very helpful in cases like this to help relieve pressure on the affected area. For some patients, trimming down some of the thickened skin is an appropriate treatment option.
Many people try to take care of calluses on their own with tools to shave or trim down hardened skin. This is highly discouraged, especially for diabetics as it greatly increases the risk of injury, which could lead to a serious infection.
If you have a callus that is bothering you or has become painful, contact one of our podiatric offices for help. Make an appointment in Dallas by calling (972) 566-7474 or Plano (972) 943-3323.
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*