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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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What can you do for a callus on the ball of your foot?

What can you do for a callus on the ball of your foot?

Solution to callus: Hello and thank you for your question, Callus formation is commonly due to ill-fitting shoes that may cause a patient to walk in a manner that creates the callus. My first suggestion would be to identify that shoe that you may feel is causing the problem and purchase sole pads to insert in them. If it is an isolated callus, a callus cushion may be beneficial. Good luck. Dr. Kosari ...Read more

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I have a callus in the sole of my foot. I have been with it for 2 and a half years. It is not painful and it doesn't bother me. How should I treat it?

I have a callus in the sole of my foot. I have been with it for 2 and a half years. It is not painful and it doesn't bother me. How should I treat it?

I would see : A foot doctor who can confirm that is all it is and could remove it and explain to you why it was there from a biomechanical perspective. ...Read more

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There is a hard lump in the callous of the ball of my foot, what is this?

There is a hard lump in the callous of the ball of my foot, what is this?

Many possibilities: Some causes of “lumps” may include: bony overgrowths, soft tissue masses, ganglions, fibromas, cysts, and infection. Have it evaluated by a professional to get the right diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've developed a 3cm callus-like growth on the interior arch of my left foot. It feels like a callus, and isn't painful. What is it?

Lesion: The only way to know for sure would be to take a biopsy of the lesion and sent it for analysis. Aside from calluses, plantar warts are commonly found on the foot and may have a similar appearance to a callus. A good test would be to squeeze the lesion from side to side. Calluses are painful on direct palpation where warts are painful when squeezed from the sides. Seeing a podiatrist could help. ...Read more

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I have small stone like calluses on the balls of my feet to the right/left sides. They cause a lot of pain. Can they be removed surgically?

I have small stone like calluses on the balls of my feet to the right/left sides. They cause a lot of pain. Can they be removed surgically?

Yes: It could be removed surgically although it can recur because it is caused from constant pressure on the dependent spots. After getting surgical removal, consistent use of wart cream ( urea 20% for example) could help softening the calluses and decrease the speed of recurrence. Good luck ! ...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