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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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Will taping foot help with fifth metatarsal break?

Will taping foot help with fifth metatarsal break?

NO: I don't think it will. Some type of casting, either fiberglass, plaster, or a CAM boot are usually used initially. One type of 5th metatarsal fracture-the Jones fracture-is more prone to not healing. ...Read more

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3rd metatarsal stress fracture- 19 weeks boot, crutches. Sore, swollen- not healed but exuberant callus. Will it heal with boot or try other options?

3rd metatarsal stress fracture- 19 weeks boot, crutches. Sore, swollen- not healed but exuberant callus. Will it heal with boot or try other options?

Don't Move.: One very real cause of the "exuberant callus" is lack of, or less than, adequate stability of the fracture site. The movement must be neutralized and use of bone stimulator considered. When all else fails, surgerize. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Velt Dr. Velt
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Please translate: comminuted left intertrochanteric hip fracture-avulsion of greater&lesser trochanters. Fracture lines evident. No callus formation?

Dr. Paul Velt Dr. Velt
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Please translate: comminuted left intertrochanteric hip fracture-avulsion of greater&lesser trochanters. Fracture lines evident. No callus formation?

Not healing yet: This sounds like a complicated fracture. Callus is what we look for to show signs of healing. It varies in time before it becomes visible on an X-ray . Depending on when this happened would help explain the findings. As always talk to your orthopedist. Good luck ...Read more

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Metatarsal stress fracture- 16 weeks of boot, crutches- pain, swelling. Some callus evident but healing incomplete on x-ray. What can be done?

Metatarsal stress fracture- 16 weeks of boot, crutches- pain, swelling. Some callus evident but healing incomplete on x-ray. What can be done?

Slow to heal: You may want to ask your doctor if they can prescribe a Bone Growth Stimulator. Sometimes we fix these problems with surgery however it depends on many factors. ...Read more

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Are bone spurs at the base of big toe (bottom) related to turf toe? Feel like spur needs soft cushion, but turf toe calls for hard extension. Confused

Are bone spurs at the base of big toe (bottom) related to turf toe? Feel like spur needs soft cushion, but turf toe calls for hard extension. Confused

Turf toe is more of : A sprain of the ligaments around that joint. Spurring around the joint is something that develops gradually over time and reduce the available range of motion of the joint. At some point in time, spurs need to be removed surgically before more damage is done to the interior of the joint. Turf toe is an acute injury that takes time and protection to heal. ...Read more

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Is a mid-shaft spasmodic femur fracture best immobilized using fixation or traction splinting?

Is a mid-shaft spasmodic femur fracture best immobilized using fixation or traction splinting?

Surgery, not always: Operative stabilization of femoral shaft fractures has been shown to improve overall outcome in most cases. This is dependent upon the patient being stable enough to withstand surgery and the ability of the surgical team to be able to gain stabilization of the fracture (may be affected by previous hardware, bone quality, deformity, patient reliability, limb control and other factors. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst and heel spurs any connection?

Dr. Gary Pess Dr. Pess
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Ganglion cyst and heel spurs any connection?

Maybe: If the ganglion is in the heel area it is probably related. If the ganglion is in your wrist or somewhere else, it is unlikely to be related. ...Read more

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Bunions: which shoes prevent them?

Bunions: which shoes prevent them?

None: There are no shoes available to prevent a bunion from forming. A bunion is usually due to a biomechaical imbalance in the foot leading to a bunion deformity. A(n) custom orthotic may be of help in controlling the deforming forces leading to a bunion. Once you have developed a bunion the only way to alleviate the bunion is surgical management if it becomes problematic. ...Read more

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Ongoing problems with met. stress fx and CRPS. Walking uncomfortable, shoes restrictive. Moon boot less annoying to foot (softer) than work shoes- oka?

Ongoing problems with met. stress fx and CRPS. Walking uncomfortable, shoes restrictive. Moon boot less annoying to foot (softer) than work shoes- oka?

Man in the Moon...: CRPS can be very frustrating, for both the patient and the doctor, to treat. Physical therapy and ambulation are necessary components in the treatment. Stress fractures can also involve ongoing protection to resolve. If wearing a moon boot offers you relief from both of these conditions, then bully for you. Continue to wear it. Thank you for using Healthtap. ...Read more

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Will 3rd met. nonunion heal, strengthen putting more weight on it? Nonunion after ORIF for previous nonunion- fracture margins, callus still apparent.

No: There are some long bones such as the femur, for example, that compression through weight bearing can help it heal quicker. The metatarsal bone, because it is oriented more parallel to the floor, is not like that. Which is not to say that all metatarsal fractures have to be strictly non weight bearing, but rather that weight bearing alone rarely makes them heal faster. ...Read more

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Quickest methods to heal a lateral malleolus hairline fracture? (Medicine, activities, etc.)

Time: Unfortunately, the healing process will go at its own pace, and time/rest is the best treatment. Make sure however that you have seen an orthopedic surgeon specializing on foot and ankle problems for a complete evaluation to be sire. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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During foot reconstruction for foot compartment syndrome damage, cut plantar fascia off my heel bone. Will it scar back to heel or remain floating?

During foot reconstruction for foot compartment syndrome damage, cut plantar fascia off my heel bone. Will it scar back to heel or remain floating?

It Will Scar down: The ligament will grow and attach in an elongated status. Massage frequently during the first 8 weeks to minimize scar fibrosis, scaring and use an arch support or orthotic to decrease stress on this plantar fascial ligament. ...Read more

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Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot,now surgical shoe. Why?

Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot,now surgical shoe. Why?

Quit Sloughing off.: Skin sloughing, particularly after a period of immobilization and departure from one's daily bathing routine, is almost a given when the immobilization and swelling end. Layers of dead skin cells that are normally sloughed during one's daily routine have piled up and are revealed as these skin "sheets". One can only imagine how much skin is shedded daily by your body daily. ...Read more

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Change to sandals if callus on toe from shoes?

Change to sandals if callus on toe from shoes?

Depends on the cause: Many things can cause calluses. Some reasons that one may develop a callus include: viral infections (warts), friction, pressure, repedetive trauma, and a limitation of joint motion. Some genetic conditions may also cause people to develop calluses on the hands and the feet. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Plantar wart, corn, pressure callous? Active, moderate tender/soreness and escalates to extreme intervally. 2yrs! have lanced @home but no object.

Plantar wart, corn, pressure callous? Active, moderate tender/soreness  and escalates to extreme intervally. 2yrs! have lanced @home but no object.

Wart has dark spots,: Warts if looked at under a magnifying glass one can usually see dark spots. A corn has a more round appearance and glassy appearance and is more common on the ball of the foot. This one tends to cause more pain with pressure. The types of shoes one wears usually contributes to this problem. A callus is a thickened area of skin with normal or pronounced skin lines. Shoes, athletic activities. ...Read more

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Can a foot arch fracture aggrivate plantar facsi?

Can a foot arch fracture aggrivate plantar facsi?

Absolutely: The plantar fascia ligament plays an important part of the foot arch structure as do the bones. If you fracture a bone considered part of the arch then it could place more stress on the plantar fascia ligament for support. See a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment if you have this issue. ...Read more

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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