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People with develop many foot problems that can get worse and lead to serious complications if left untreated. Callus occurs more often in diabetic patients due to the build-up of pressure under the foot.

Callus is the thickened layer on the skin that protects the body. They are common in diabetic foot ulcers that prevents healing and can create increased pressure from the footwear. When neglected, callus can cause pressure necrosis and ulceration of the underlying skin or tissue.

Callus

The causes of callus are repeated friction and pressure on the sole. Diabetes often affects the nerves and blood vessels because of which the patient does not realize pressure on his foot, resulting in the formation of callus. They are harmful because they increase pressure on the sole to a large extent, resulting in infection or ulceration.

Calluses can hide a developing ulcer and hence it is vital to manage it properly. Patients who developed a callus on foot need regular treatment and careful follow to prevent ulceration. Calluses should be removed only by podiatrist trained in appropriate techniques.

Callus removal is very important because it may hide or worsen inflammation underneath the skin. In fact, it is an early sign of diabetic foot ulcer. The best approach is prevention through regular screening and the use of proper footwear to reduce friction.

If you have noticed any pain, itching or irritation in your feet for more than 2 weeks, you must consult our podiatrist immediately. If callus is already formed, it is removed using a simple procedure that can be performed by the specialist in our clinic.

Authored By Dr.G.Saravanakumar M.B.B.S, M.S., D.A., F.P.S

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