What is a Callus?

A callus is a thickened and hardened part of the skin or soft tissue, that forms at points of pressure or over bony prominences. Calluses form on the bottom or side of the foot, especially in an area that has been subjected to repeated friction. Generally calluses are not harmful, but can sometimes lead to skin infection or ulcerations.


  • 65 out of 1000 people are afflicted with calluses
  • 37 out of 1000 males are afflicted
  • 91 out of 1000 females are afflicted

Causes of Calluses:

  • Repeated friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe
  • Heredity disorders

What can you do?

  • Wear supportive shoes with a wide toe box and a low heel
  • Use over-the-counter creams, avoiding any acid preparations
  • Use pumice stone or file to treat if not diabetic

What will a podiatric physician do for you?

Your podiatric physician/surgeon has been trained specifically and extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of all manners of foot conditions. This training encompasses all of the intricately related systems and structures of the foot and lower leg including neurological, circulatory, skin, and the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.