The repeated exposure to friction, results to the formation of hard, coarse and irritating thick scales on the skin. These scaly and ugly blisters are commonly referred to as Callus. They are often times formed and found on the foot, in and around the soles and especially the heels. Frequent running or walking around with uncomfortable footwear is the common cause of the friction. Calluses are not harmful skin irritations but severe cases have been recorded to progress to infection or skin ulceration.
Common Causes of Calluses:
External body factors causing callus on the skin:
- Shoes that are too short or small to accommodate oxygen inside the shoes or sock that are relatively coarse due to the material component.
- Manual labor, most commonly to the hands, for people doing masonry or carpentry or anything related to construction and heavy lifting
- Excessive exposure to hard and heated surfaces during athletic activities
- Non wearing of shoes
Internal body factors affecting formation of calluses:
- Disproportioned foot stricter or improper foot positioning
- Strong and stubborn bone structures
- Calluses appear as skin scales that are relatively thick and difficult to shed off.
- Usually found on feet and hands and bone joints.
- Usually white-grayish-yellow, brown or red, in appearance
- Dried scales are painless, while newly formed callus are tender and easily peel off but leaves a rather swelling feeling.
- Some calluses especially those form on the heels or back of the foot would swell with a burning feeling.
There are possible ways of treating and getting rid of calluses widely practiced by sufferers. Some settle for Callus Remover Gels and Lotions, others hunt down homeopathic remedies and some people settle with the removal using laser machines. Depending on the gravity of calluses on your skin, you can alternatively settle with any of the above treatments. Seeking medical attention at certain instances is recommended to those people who are suffering excruciating pain or those who are diagnosed with diabetes.
Calluses are harmful skin irritations that often heal and go away unnoticed. Some people find keratolytic agents helpful in alleviating and eliminating calluses. Sometimes they can be easily shed off after immersion to certain chemicals like salicylic acid. Often time calluses can be simply treated or prevented by limiting activities that are often exposed to friction. One handy preventive measure would be the use of well-fitting shoes to allow oxygen circulation inside the footwear.
The following are some personal care that can minimize or take control of callus formation:
- Cover the affected areas with bandages or anything that has air cooling system.
- Apply topical solutions like lotions and ointments to soften and moisturize hard and dry calluses.
- Use pumice stone or any coarse removing tool when bathing to slowly eliminate or shed calluses.
- Avoid too much stress on your hands and feet when doing household chores or manual labor by wearing gloves or any protective gears.
- Make it a regular habit to soak your feet and hands in saline solution or any moisturizing agent to soften down the calluses.