Causes of Foot Calluses and How to Get Rid of Them

Causes of Foot Calluses

Foot calluses happen because of repetitive pressure on a particular spot of the skin. Extra skin layers grow over an affected area until a raised, and harder bump appears. The body does this to guard the skin against being broken or getting exposed to irritants. Calluses normally do not hurt, and they are mostly found on the knees, toes, heels, and palms.

They do not indicate any underlying medical problem, and they do not require emergency care. If you need treatment, you can look at the following tips to get rid of them.

Treatment for foot calluses

  • Trim away the excess skin

Your doctor can thin out your thickened skin or trim the large corn with the help of a scalpel when you are on a visit to their office. Do not try this by yourself as it can result in an infection.

  • Surgery

In some rare instances, your doctor can recommend surgery to correct the alignment of your bone that causes friction.

  • Shoe inserts

If you have any foot deformity, your doctor may offer you some shoe inserts that are padded or orthotics to prevent recurring calluses and corns.

  • Callus-removal medication

Your doctor can apply any patch that contains forty percent salicylic acid. You can get these readily available patches even without having a prescription. Your doctors will help you to understand how frequently you need to change your patch. They may recommend that you also use a nail file, pumice stone, or emery board to smooth the dead skin away before you apply a new patch. You can even get a prescription for your salicylic acid in the form of a gel to apply on large areas.


In case you require treatment for foot calluses, you can contact Dr. Chetan Oswal of Orthowin Foot and Ankle Clinic in Pune.