Like Corns, a callus is a protective thickening of the skin. Callus develops as a result of abnormal recurrent friction and pressure. Most calluses are found on the ball of the foot, although they may form elsewhere including the heels. Its job is to act as defense mechanism, to, insulate and protect the balls of the feet and other areas on the feet against the abnormal bony pressure put upon it.
Footwear is commonly blamed for the formation of calluses, but more often than not, the truth is calluses are most usually caused by a Morton’s Toe (Morton’s Toe is a common forefoot disorder where the second toe is longer than the Big Toe) which affects how the bones in our forefoot are formed and how they bear our bodies’ weight. When one or more of these bones are misformed, other bones are then forced to bear an excessive amount of weight. Calluses are then formed to help these other bones support this excessive weight on the ball of the feet.
There will be Burning Pain on the ball of the foot, a condition that has generally spanned anywhere from a few weeks, to a number of years. Or a complaint that they have a “stone bruise type of feeling.” They will claim they think they have a pebble in their shoe. Such a sensation is common and is also commonly caused by a misalignment of the 2nd-5th metatarsal bones; and there may or may not be any sign of callus tissue.
Like Corns, conservative therapy of callus is done by “trimming” the callus which only gives temporary relief and does nothing to effect the underlying bone problem.
By using a great deal of Physical Therapy you can rehabilitate these painful areas. Besides that you must also take the strain off the front of the foot with proper padding and strapping. Finally once the patient is feeling better we fabricate an Orthotic which will rebalance the forefoot to its most ideal position.
Natural Home Remedies for Calluses and Corns
Safe home remedies for painful corns and calluses include tea, cornstarch, and vinegar. For more details on how these everyday items can help your sore feet, read on.
Home Remedies From the Cupboard
Baking soda. One of the best ways you can treat corns and calluses is with a warm-water soak. This loosens the dead skin and helps with healing. Add 3 tablespoons baking soda to a basin of warm water and soak. Or massage calluses with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.
Chamomile tea. Soaking your feet in diluted chamomile tea can be soothing and will temporarily change the pH of the skin to help dry out sweaty feet. The tea will stain your feet, but the stain can be easily removed with soap and water.
Cornstarch. Sprinkle cornstarch between your toes to keep the area dry and protect the skin from breaking down. Moisture can make a corn or callus feel miserable and can promote fungal infections.
Vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and tape it to your corn or callus. Leave the vinegar-soaked cotton on overnight. In the morning, rub the area with a pumice stone.
Home Remedies From the Drawer
Pumice stone. Pumice powder and stones are used for scouring pans and are very useful for sloughing away dead skin. After soaking your foot in warm water for about 20 minutes, use a pumice stone to rub away those corns and calluses
Home Remedies From the Freezer
Ice. Hard corns can be particularly painful. If you find yourself with a hard-core corn, apply an ice pack to the area. This will help reduce swelling and ease the pain a bit.
Home Remedies From the Refrigerator
Lemon juice. Mix a paste of 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 5 or 6 crushed aspirin tablets. Apply the paste directly to your callus, and wrap your foot in a plastic bag. Keep your foot under wraps for ten minutes, allowing the acidity to soften your callus. Then give your callus a rub with a pumice stone.
Since your feet are the body part you use the most, a callus or corn can make it difficult to navigate through your day. If you follow the home remedies in this article, you can give corns and calluses the boot.