Cutting Calluses: Why it is Dangerous

Be careful when treating your callusesThe Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs will be presenting “Let’s Go Science” on June 7, 2014. Grab the family and enjoy this fun presentation that will show some cool experiments, demonstrations, and a look into how things work. It will be a science exhibit all ages will love, and a great activity to kick off summer vacation. If your feet aren’t as healthy as they could be, you may be tempted to do a bathroom science experiment of your own to fix them—like cutting calluses. It is very important to treat them properly, though, or your experiment could have unintended consequences.

Calluses show up when your feet are trying to build up a defense and protection against pressure and friction. Excessive pressure, obesity, bony prominences, and abnormalities in how you walk can cause a callus to form. A certain amount of callus is normal, but if deep-rooted core forms, the dry skin buildup can become very painful. Don’t try to cut or shave it off with something sharp. This is highly dangerous and puts your feet at risk for serious injury and possible infection. While we often want instant results, this is one foot problem that requires some TLC over a period of time to safely deal with it. Orthotic inserts can help redistribute weight evenly across your feet to eliminate areas of pressure. It is also helpful to limit the amount of time you are barefoot. We encourage you to soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes, and then use a pumice stone to gently slough away the rough, dead skin. There are also medicated creams and lotions to keep feet hydrated and protected.

These tips are very important if you have diabetes. One misstep in your foot care routine could leave you with a serious complication. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM for treatment for calluses or any other discomfort you may be experiencing. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today. 

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Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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