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Callous (Definition)

Callus is a noun meaning a localized thickening of the skin, and a verb meaning to form that skin thickening (especially on the palm of a hand or the sole of a foot, caused by repeated pressure or friction). Callous has a meaning related to callus, but callous is not used to describe skin. As an adjective, it means toughened or unfeeling. As a verb, it means to make or ...Read more


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How do you know the differance between a bone spur and a callous?

How do you know the differance between a bone spur and a callous?

Location: A bone spur is usually located at an area of soft tissue insertion onto the bone. A bone callus may develop at a site of bone fracture as it is healing. Skin callus can develop on the skin at areas of bony prominences due to pressure and friction. ...Read more

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My shin hurts and it looks like I have a bone callus. Could I have broken my ankle?

My shin hurts and it looks like I have a bone callus. Could I have broken my ankle?

Bone callus is : Usualy something not clinically visible but rather seen on xray. If your shin hurts and you feel it's broken an xray would be in order, shin splints are another possibility. If there is a "bump" of some kind a doctors visit would be important as there are other possibilities like an exostosis, bone spur or even a bone tumor of sorts. ...Read more

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I had 4 metatarsal head resection in jan. Now am getting callous on third metatarsal. Dr. Says bone regrowth. Is that possible?

I had 4 metatarsal head resection in jan. Now am getting callous on third metatarsal. Dr. Says bone regrowth. Is that possible?

Bone growth possible: Yes. I believe you are speaking of a callus beneath the 3rd metattarsal. Bone re-growth is possible after surgery. An x-ray should be taken to see the orientation of the lengths of mets 2 and 4, with respect to the 3rd. If the 3rd metatarsal is longer than the second, it will bear more weight causinf a callus beneath it. An accommodative orthotic can be fabricate to alleviate this problem. ...Read more

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According to my physician my bones are clinically united, would it really allowed to move to form callus in fractured area?

According to my physician my bones are clinically united, would it really allowed to move to form callus in fractured area?

Yes: In 3 wks after injury , collagen and fibrous tissues are formed and that holds the bone in position , but not ready to bear weight , needs further more healing by deposition of calcium is called callous formation , progressive weight bearing strengthens further molds the bone to almost the original status. ...Read more

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I had open bone fracture in my arm just above elbow before one year.I d'nt have any problem with it, can I start gyming and how to remove extra callus?

I had open bone fracture in my arm just above elbow before one year.I d'nt have any problem with it, can I start gyming and how to remove extra callus?

Released by doctor?: Assuming a doctor has told you that the elbow is completely healed, you should be okay to be activity as tolerated. The extra bone created during the healing process will need to be surgically excised. You should see your treating orthopod. ...Read more

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Can a surgeon scrape away the callus revealing the original fracture sight join the two bones back again to original form?

Yes: Bone that healed without stable ends will form callus. It is necessary to clean up the ends of the bone and then secure them in a stable fashion to allow for what is called primary bone healing. Adherence to the post-operative instructions is as important (if not more so) than the surgery itself. It is better to do it right than to do it over. ...Read more

Callus (Definition)

A callus is an area of skin that has become toughened, thick, and hard as a result of repeated pressure, friction or other irritation. Most commonly found on the feet due to walking. Generally calluses are not harmful. Calluses can also form on the fingers due to use of writing utensils, musical instruments, or even rock climbing. They are formed by keratinocytes in the ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more