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THE FORMATION OF CALLUSES IS CAUSED BY AN ACCUMULATION OF DEAD SKIN CELLS THAT HARDEN AND THICKEN OVER AN AREA OF THE FOOT.  THIS CALLUS FORMATION IS THE BODY'S DEFENSE MECHANISM TO PROTECT THE FOOT AGAINST EXCESSIVE PRESSURE AND FRICTION.  CALLUSES ARE NORMALLY FOUND ON THE BALL-OF-THE-FOOT, THE HEEL, AND/OR THE INSIDE OF THE BIG TOE.  SOME CALLUSES HAVE A DEEP SEATED CORE KNOWN AS NUCLEATION.  THIS PARTICULAR TYPE OF CALLUS CAN BE ESPECIALLY PAINFUL TO PRESSURE. THIS CONDITION IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS INTRACTIBLE PLANTAR KERATOSIS.

SOME OF THE CAUSES ARE PRESSURE ON A SPECIFIC AREA OF THE FOOT.  SOME COMMON CAUSES OF CALLUS FORMATION ARE HIGH-HEELED DRESS SHOES, SHOES THAT ARE TOO SMALL, OBESITY, ABNORMALITIES OF THE GAIT CYCLE (WALKING MOTION), FLAT FEET, HIGH ARCHES, BONY PROMINENCES, AND THE LOST OF THE FAT PAD ON THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOT.

MANY PEOPLE TRY TO ALLECIATE THE PAIN CAUSED BY CALLUSES BY CUTTING OR TRIMMING THEM WITH A RAZOR BLADE OR KNIFE.  THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO PROPERLY TREAT CALLUSES.  THIS IS DANGEROUS AND CAN WORSEN THE CONDITION RESULTING IN UNNECESSARY INJURIES.  DIABETICS SHOULD NEVER TRY THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT.  TO RELIEVE THE EXCESSIVE PRESSURE THAT LEADS TO CALLUS FORMATION, WEIGHT SHOULD BE REDISTRIBUTED EQUALLY WITH THE USE OF AN ORTHOTIC.  AN EFFECTIVE ORTHOTIC TRANSFERS PRESSURE AWAY FROM THE "HOT SPOTS" OR HIGH PRESSURED AREAS TO ALLOW THE CALLUS TO HEAL. WOMEN SHOULD STEER AWAY FROM HIGH-HEELED SHOES.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. HARDY AN MAR HARDY, D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE, TORONTO FOOT SPECIALIST AND TORONTO CHIROPODIST AND THE TEAM FROM ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.

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