If you have calluses on your feet, it can be the cause of foot pain. If you have calluses and are in need of expert Chicago callus care, you will want to see our podiatrist, Dr. Robert L. Potempa, at our podiatry practice, Robert L. Potempa, DPM.
A callous is an area of thickened skin that develops to protect an area on your foot from irritation. If something constantly rubs against your foot, a callus will be created in that area. When the skin thickens on the bottom of the foot, it is called a callus. When this occurs on a toe, or on the top part of the foot, it is called a corn. When these areas become too thick, they can become painful. If you have diabetes, or a problem which causes you to have poor circulation on your feet, you should definitely see our podiatrist since it can lead to more serious foot problems, especially if infection occurs. A callus will have a rough and dull appearance. It can sometimes be confused with a foot wart. If a callus begins to bother you and makes it painful for you to walk, it is important that you come in to see our podiatrist for Chicago callus care. When you come in to see our foot doctor, a complete examination of your feet will occur. Our podiatrist may also want to look at the shoes you constantly wear and examine your walking gait. If you have mild calluses, our podiatrist may recommend certain types of orthotics. If the callus is large, it can be made smaller through in-office treatment. Our podiatrist may use a blade to shave away the thick and dead skin. This is a completely painless procedure because the skin comprising the calluses is actually already dead. If significant pain is being caused by the callus, you may need to receive a cortisone injection. If a callus is continuing to recur after conservative treatments are prescribed, foot surgery may help.
For an appointment to meet with our podiatrist for Chicago callus care, contact us today.