Foot calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that can be unsightly. If your callus refuses to go away or if you’re at risk of complications because of diabetes, it’s best to consult a podiatrist about your treatment options. This is because attempting to trim the callus by yourself can raise your risk of an infection. A podiatrist can use a scalpel to carefully pare down the excess skin. In some cases, podiatrists also apply a special patch to the area. The patch, which will contain about 40 percent salicylic acid, will help resolve the thickened skin.
Your podiatrist can also recommend self-care measures to take at home, such as applying an antibiotic ointment to the callus to reduce your risk of infection. The foot doctor can evaluate your need for foot orthotics and may measure you for a custom-made orthotic insert. This can help reduce your risk of recurrent calluses.
Family Foot Center offers speedy relief for all types of foot health problems—from corns and calluses to bone spurs and broken toes. You can reach us at (718) 767-5555 to let us know how we can help you improve your foot health in Whitestone.