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.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
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 would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.