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Hard Skin and Callus

Whilst some degree of hard skin on our feet is natural and part of our body’s self-protection (especially on weight bearing parts of the body) a build-up of hard skin can be both uncomfortable and undesirable. Hard skin can over time evolve into callus which is a thick, hard pad of skin, often yellowish in colour, and sometimes rough in texture. For some people the added pressure of a callus on the sole of the foot can create a burning, slightly painful sensation.

Hard skin or callus buildup is usually an indicator of excessive pressure on the affected part of the foot so as well as treating the area itself it is often advised to seek advice from your Podiatrist as to how best offset this to stop it recurring – this might be through a change in footwear, additional cushioning or support in your shoes, or advice on exercises to help with posture and movement (see biomechanical assessments).

Both can usually be removed very easily during a routine podiatry treatment and you can stay on top of it at home with a few simple tips:

  • TARGETED TREATMENT: your Podiatrist can safely remove the hard skin and callus buildup leaving you more comfortable, plus they can advise on how to slow down the process going forward– learn more and book here
  • STAY ON TOP OF IT: using a foot file on the affected areas, especially after a bath or shower when the skin is softer, will help minimise the build-up. Pair this with a tailor made foot cream such as Dermatonics Dry Skin Cream which has targeted ingredients to help penetrate thicker skin for deep nourishment

Hard Skin and Callus