Callus Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers -  - Wound Care Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers

Wound Care Specialists located in Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA & Encino, CA

Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a podiatric surgeon at Tower Wound Care in Culver City, California, where he treats patients with nagging calluses. Like many people, you may try to treat calluses at home, but if they still persist, cause discomfort — or you have diabetes — contact us to schedule an appointment. It’s best to protect your mobility with expert diagnosis and excellent foot care.

Callus Q & A

What are calluses?

Calluses are areas of your foot where skin thickens in response to excessive friction or pressure. They can develop from friction against loose shoes and pressure caused by tight shoes or high heels. If you go barefoot often, calluses will form to protect sensitive skin. You’re at risk for developing calluses if you’re overweight, have prominent or malformed bones, or your gait is out of balance. While they can develop on any part of your foot, they’re common on the big toe, heel, and the ball of the foot.

How are calluses treated?

Many people treat calluses at home. But if you’re diabetic, please contact Tower Wound Care to schedule a foot care appointment because using a pumice stone can irritate your skin and lead to a wound that won’t heal. Dr. Knudson specializes in diabetic foot care, so he’ll carefully remove calluses and make sure your feet are in good health. Getting a medical examination is also important because calluses can look like other foot problems that need a different type of treatment.

If you have a thick callus, or your callus causes pain or interferes with normal daily activities, it’s time to schedule an appointment. After a thorough examination, Dr. Knudson will verify that it’s a callus, assess its cause, and recommend treatment. He may shave away the callus, use medication to relieve pain, and recommend better-fitting or specialized shoes.

For self-care of mild calluses, soak your feet in warm, soapy water, then gently rub a callus file or pumice stone over the callus. Don’t get too zealous or you’ll damage the skin. When you’re finished, apply moisturizer, then cover your feet with socks and shoes. If you can’t get rid of the callus, Dr. Knudson can help you.

Can you prevent calluses?

You can prevent calluses from forming, or at least significantly lower the chance you’ll get them, by wearing clean, smooth socks and shoes that fit well. You may consider using gel pad inserts because they decrease friction and pressure. If you have any type of foot deformity, foot arthritis, diabetes, or any other medical condition that affects your feet, Dr. Knudson will help you find the best shoes or recommend treatment to alleviate the problem.

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