How a Podiatrist Removes a Callus
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How a callus forms
If you do a lot of walking or stand a lot for a long period of time, chances are your feet start to hurt. The more often you tend to do this, the more often your feet tend to hurt. You may realize a drier, and the harder surface of skin forming on your foot or feet. This is called a callus. A callus forms after an excessive amount of pressure such as walking a lot of standing still for a long period of time, as previously stated. The pressure causes the skin to die and then form a protective coating. A callus should be removed when it is larger than a dime, and causing severe pain should be professionally removed by a podiatrist. All other smaller, less painful callus can be reversed by buying shoes with a better sole or heel fixture.
How a podiatrist removes the callus
For individuals with diabetes or circulatory disorders, further evaluation may be needed by a podiatrist to determine further treatment. But for most, a podiatrist will use simple tools such as a surgical blade, electric tool, or a scalpel to remove the callus. The type of procedure performed is determined by how deep the callus is. Some procedures also require injections prior in order to stop the pain or make the patient feel more comfortable.
Removal with a surgical blade
The main method of removing a callus is to remove it with a surgical blade. Slowly the podiatrist will move the blade, whether it be by hand or one that is attached to a handle, over the callus. The podiatrist will stop when the dead layers of skin are removed and they have uncovered live skin. The edges of the callus may be smoothed with pumice stone with the intention of enhancing patient comfort during the procedure.
Removal with an electrical tool
A podiatrist may use an electric tool that looks a lot like a razor to trim the callus. The tool has multiple thin and flexible blades that glide across skin easily, making it much easier to trim the callus. This method may be chosen for a callus on the side of a toe or around the back of the heel.
Removal with a scalpel
When a callus cracks or begins to ulcerate, the podiatrist may need to remove the infection under the dead skin. The podiatrist numbs the area with a local anesthetic, and then takes a surgical scalpel and starts cutting out the callus and the infection beneath it. People with diabetes who did not know their callus cracked or ulcerated may need to have this procedure done. An additional injection called a cortisone injection, may be used to reduce inflammation. You also might be interested in best callus remover
Removal by Surgery
A deep infection or a much larger callus may need to be removed this way. People with circulatory disorders or diabetes may also need to have this procedure done to remove their callus. A deeper and more infected callus may be the result of not going to get a check-up, and consulting with your doctor about your callus when it gets bad.
We all walk and we all stand, but sometimes it’s better to take a break and just sit for a minute. Maybe even get new shoes if you feel a callus forming. You shouldn’t let your callus get bad enough that you need to have major procedures done on it. Taking care of your feet should be on the list of top priorities, especially if you run or walk constantly.