A callus is a thickened area of skin on the foot caused by excessive pressure. Usually the callus forms on the bottom of the foot under the head of the metatarsal bones, but may also occur on the side of the foot. The excessive pressure causes the skin to produce a layer of protective skin (a callus). Calluses vary in size, and can become painful. Alteration in bone structure and loss of the normal fat cushioning under the metatarsals are two common causes of callus formation.
There are a number of treatments for painful calluses. Different types of protective cushions may be useful as well as custom foot orthotics. People who have calluses are cautioned against performing “bathroom surgery,” as this can lead to cuts and infection. Our doctors can evaluate the cause of the calluses and recommend the treatment most appropriate for your condition. If you would like more information about this condition please call our office today at 440-934-8444 to make an appointment or fill-out our Contact Form.