Calluses (thickened skin)
Callus (hyperkeratosis) is a build-up of thickened skin that develops in areas of high friction or pressure. Calluses usually occur on the soles of the feet but can occur on other parts of the feet exposed to long term friction. Some common places calluses form are; bottom of the forefoot, around the heels and the tips of the toes.
It is recommended that people with diabetes be screened and treated regularly to prevent the build-up of callus which could potentially lead to ulcers forming underneath as the skin.
At Sydney Foot Clinic, the treatment of most calluses are simple and respond well to conservative care. Treatment may involve debridement (removing) of the callus, padding, deflective the pressure and education to prevent further future callus formation.