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Do you have calluses on your hands or feet? Do you wonder how they got there? There are a number of factors that can cause calluses to develop. Read on to learn more about what causes calluses and how you can cope with them.
A callus is a thick, hard area of skin. Calluses develop when your body reacts to friction or pressure and develops new layers of skin to protect itself. Typically, calluses are not a significant problem; many people have them without experiencing any problems or symptoms. Calluses only require further care or concern if they cause pain or if you are at risk of complications due to diabetes.
A callus looks like a thickened area of skin. It may feel rough to the touch, and it may feel like there is a hard bump under that patch of skin. The skin may be flaky or waxy.
Calluses (and corns, as well) are caused by friction and pressure on the hands or feet. This pressure and friction can come through a variety of sources, including the following:
You are more likely to develop calluses if you have other foot conditions, such as bunions, hammertoes, or bone spurs. Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly and wearing shoes without socks also contributes to the development of calluses.
Note: Diabetics – be particularly careful when treating calluses. Always seek advice from your doctor/chiropodist before treating your feet, as a callus may be a sign that an ulcer is developing underneath.
If you have calluses on your feet, you could probably benefit from a new pair of shoes & an arch support. Stop by Foot Solutions UK. We have a wide variety of comfortable and attractive shoes for you to try. We also have a wide variety of arc supports designed to relieve pressure on your feet. We’ll analyse your feet and help you find the shoes & arch support that is perfect for you.