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Monday
Sep172012

Calluses, Corns and Foot Orthotics

Calluses and Corns are a result of the accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area on our feet. This callus formation is our bodies defence mechanism to protect the foot against areas of excessive pressure and friction, and are commonly found on the ball-of-the-foot, the heel, and/or the inside of the big toe. Some common causes of callus formation are shoes that are too small, being overweight, abnormalities in the gait cycle (walking motion), flat feet, high arched feet, bony prominences, and the loss of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot.

Many people try to alleviate the pain caused by calluses by cutting or trimming them. This is not the way to properly treat calluses because they will come back if the cause of them is not alleviated. In order to relieve the pressure that leads to callus formation, the areas of high pressure should be redistributed with the use of custom made orthotics. Orthotics transfer pressure away from the high pressured areas and correct foot function and to allow the callus to slowly go away.

If calluses are causing a problem on your feet, call us to make an appointment !!