What is a Callus?

Some people suffer from the pain and irritation of calloused skin on their feet.  Loren K. Colon, DPM, FACFAS and Jeffrey P. Flash, DPM, FACFAS along with their team at American Foot and Leg want you to know you don’t have to.  You may be bothered by calluses and think that nothing can be done to correct them. The doctors at American Foot and Leg can help you determine what is causing your calluses, help you get rid of them, and avoid their return. A callus is an area of thickened or hardened skin that appears on the bottom of the feet or hands as a result of repeated friction and pressure on the skin. The skin forms a callus in an attempt to prevent painful blisters. The dead, callused skin develops to protect itself from the friction and pressure.


  • Thick itchy skin
  • Areas of hardened skin
  • Dry, cracking, and scaly skin


Calluses on the soles of the feet typically occur from a sliding friction that arises from wearing a poorly-fitted shoe. It is possible for calluses to form when pressure or friction is not present, and this can be a result of excess skin formation or hyperkeratosis of the top layer of skin. Walking and running are primary causes of callused feet as a result of the friction and pressure present during the activity. Any other activity that presents added pressure and friction may result in callus formation, including hiking, dancing (especially ballet), and wearing high heels.

Abnormal foot structure can cause calluses. If your provider at American Foot and Leg determines that your walking motion, hip rotation, or bone structure are to blame for calluses, he/she may recommend an orthotic or surgery to correct the problem so you can live callus-free.

Treatment and Prevention

Calluses are rarely a serious condition unless accompanied by diabetes or any other condition that results in poor leg circulation and are prone to ulcers and other infections but can be unsightly. Typically, treatment for calluses simply entails removing the source of friction and irritation. However, your doctor might shave the callus to provide relief. The callus generally disappears within a few weeks upon removing the source of irritation. This might include wearing properly fitted shoes and/or wearing special socks that help eliminate this friction. It may be necessary or preferred to use a pumice stone or callus shaver, which can be purchased through our online store, to remove the callus.

Each patient is unique; therefore, results may vary. 

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