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I get a strange callus/skin hardening on my heels?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
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In brief: What is strange

About it? Callouses are caused by pressure or friction.
It is not uncommon to find callous on the heels.

In brief: What is strange

About it? Callouses are caused by pressure or friction.
It is not uncommon to find callous on the heels.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology
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In brief: Pretty common

Sometimes this just seems to happen, but can be related to a fungal infection of the feet.
For just the thick skin, a topical containing 12% ammonium lactate, a urea-containing product (various strengths), or salicylic acid in a petrolatum (vaseline) base can help to gradually remove the thick, hard skin. A pumice stone or other files, etc. Can get rid of thick skin, especially after bathing.

In brief: Pretty common

Sometimes this just seems to happen, but can be related to a fungal infection of the feet.
For just the thick skin, a topical containing 12% ammonium lactate, a urea-containing product (various strengths), or salicylic acid in a petrolatum (vaseline) base can help to gradually remove the thick, hard skin. A pumice stone or other files, etc. Can get rid of thick skin, especially after bathing.
Dr. Tara Passow
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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