Healing a Heel Callus

Do you have stubborn dry patches of skin on your feet? Perhaps they are centrally located on your heel. Don't reach for that Ped Egg! There is more to a heel callus than meets the eye. Let the experts at Sierra Foot and Ankle walk you through the ins and outs of this dry spell.

Painfully Dry

Our feet are meant to stay moisturized. Just think of the thousands of sweat glands located on these limbs! If they become dry and irritated, problems such as calluses may develop. Essentially, a callus on your heel is unlike any other—it is a dry patch of skin. But the location of this patch, makes it especially vulnerable to complications and pain.

As the heel is exposed to pressure and friction, skin builds upon itself, creating layers of hardened skin. This is the body's way of protecting itself. Skin problems can develop from wearing shoes that are too small, too tight, or even too loose! They may also form from repeated pressure due to sports or your bone structure, such as having flat feet or a bone spur. If the skin rubs against your shoe in any way, it can lead to the formation of a heel callus.

Aside from being dry, most calluses are fairly painless. The area may appear thick and discolored with hints of yellow and gray. This patch of skin may be less sensitive to the touch than other areas of your foot and could feel rippled or bumpy. If your callus is causing you pain, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Victoria Melhuish!

Treating Your Skin

There are several ways to treat calluses. A few methods to try include wearing shoes that provide adequate room for your feet, but not too much! Your footwear should be spacious enough for your toes to freely wiggle. A wider toe box will help minimize friction and a deeper toe box will help to relieve pressure. Dr. Victoria Melhuish may also prescribe custom orthotics and provide your feet with protective shoe padding.

You can also try soaking your foot in warm soapy water for a few minutes, until the skin is softened, and rubbing the callus with a pumice stone. Never attempt to cut your own callus. If the callus is severe and is causing pain, it may require surgery. The idea here is to fix the underlying source of the problem, like adjusting improper foot structure.

Don’t Face the Pain Alone

Don't hesitate to contact our office if you'd like further information. Always remember that pain is not normal. If you begin to feel pain in your heel but continue to walk it off, you may create larger problems for yourself. A change in your gait to compensate for the pain will only create issues in your bones and cause tight calf muscles.

Contact Dr. Victoria Melhuish to give your feet the care they deserve from a painful heel callus. The experts here at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City, Nevada are always happy to help. Call (775) 783-8037 or visit our website to schedule your appointment. For more helpful tips on feet, follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts!