HOW TO PREVENT CALLUSES & WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CALLUSES GO UNTREATED
By Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Milwaukee, WI
For the most part, calluses aren’t that serious. Sometimes though, there may be an underlying issue causing the calluses that needs to be fixed or at least checked out by a foot doctor. In worse cases, calluses can become too thick to treat at home, cause weight redistribution on the foot, or become infected. We covered some home remedies for calluses that you can try in previous articles, but the best thing is still to avoid getting calluses in the first place.
How to Prevent Calluses from Forming on Your Feet
Preventative maintenance includes the following:
• Keep your feet clean. Hygiene is important in general, but particularly for feet as they are more susceptible to infection than most other areas, especially if you have diabetes.
• Wear arch supports or orthotic inserts. This can help make a pair of shoes more comfortable and, if you have flat feet, help to alleviate pain and keep your foot structure healthy. Making sure weight distribution is even can prevent calluses from forming.
• Wear good shoes and socks. Believe it or not, socks that don’t fit properly can cause calluses just like shoes can, so wearing socks and shoes that are comfortable and supportive of your feet is extremely important.
• If you have a foot deformity of any kind, please see your podiatrist for the options that best fit you and your unique situation.
Symptoms of Untreated Calluses
If your calluses are causing you pain or seem abnormal, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Some symptoms may include:
• Tenderness around the callus
• Pus or fluid draining from the callus
• Splitting of the skin
• Discomfort or pain when walking or standing
What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
If you have diabetes, the worst that can happen is pretty severe: amputation. Because calluses can become too thick, split open and get infected, or turn into ulcers – sores on the feet that don’t heal – it’s important to recognize when a trip to the podiatrist is necessary.
If you don’t have diabetes, it’s unlikely that complications will occur, but it can still happen. Especially in the case of infection, it’s imperative that you see a doctor right away so your infection doesn’t spread to the bone or the blood stream. Once an infection spreads to the blood, you can go into sepsis, also known as septicemia, and that can be fatal if left untreated.
Again, though these are worst-case scenarios, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and catch a more serious problem before it becomes unmanageable or does permanent damage.
Why See a Podiatrist?
A foot specialist can help identify exactly what’s wrong and offer a range of solutions based on your unique situation. This can help you take care of and identify conditions that you may not even know anything about such as skin conditions that don’t just affect the feet, which may need more extensive treatment.
Here at Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists, we take pride in helping our patients. We have a number of qualified and experienced foot doctors on staff who can identify and solve any issues you may have with your feet. If you need help, have questions, or would like to make an appointment with us, please call 414-439-2271 today. We look forward to serving you!
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