Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to beautifully smooth soles with callus removal.
Calluses are a common foot problem many people face at some point in their lives.
The Foot Hub
How Podiatrists Can Help with Callus Removal
Calluses cannot effectively withstand stress and are easily reinjured. This results in a cycle of callus formation. Successful treatment of calluses involves identifying the cause, implementing the correct treatment, and restoring your normal skin function.
Podiatrists are experts in foot care and can provide effective callus removal treatment. At The Foot Hub, we use a variety of methods to remove calluses, depending on the severity and location of the callus.
Also known as a medical pedicure, this initial callus removal treatment involves paring back the hard skin with a scalpel and buffing away the hard area with a wet drill. This is a quick and painless treatment that will resolve calluses. However, it is important to note that calluses can reform which is why preventive measures are recommended.
Calluses develop due to repetitive mechanical stress on the feet, so it is important to assess your feet and how you walk. Redistributing pressure can help prevent them from forming and repair damaged skin. Future management can include orthotics and exercises.
If you have bunions, hammer toes, or bony prominences, wearing ill-fitting shoes can result in mechanical stress and the formation of calluses. Your podiatrist will assess your footwear and give recommendations on what features are important to reduce excessive stress on your feet. Footwear should always be well-fitting, leaving enough space on the front and around your toes. Footwear that is smooth inside or too thin can cause calluses to form.
Recommendation of appropriate heel balms: Not all heel balms are equal. Podiatrists will assess your callus and recommended specialised heel balms that can help soften, moisturise and reduce callus formation.
A professional callus peel treatment can help soften skin and allow painless callus removal. The Foot Hub in-house nail salon, Medi Nails, offers the Mavex Callus Peel Treatment in a private, professional, and relaxing environment.
Adding padding to areas of the feet prone to calluses can be helpful. Padding can be silicone, foam or felt, and can be stuck on the skin, added to shoes, or worn between or over your toes.
What is callus?
A callus is a thickened, hard layer of skin which develops on the feet in response to repeated pressure or friction. They are commonly found on the soles of the feet but can also appear on the toes and heels. Calluses are typically yellow in colour and may be smooth or rough to the touch.
A callus can be the result of mechanical friction, pressure, or irritation. Repetitive stress on a localised point on the feet causes excess skin to form to protect the underlying tissue. This chronic localised stress compromises your skin barrier. Your skin is unable to repair itself at the same rate as the stress and as a result forms a callus to protect itself.
While calluses are not usually harmful, they can cause discomfort and pain if they become too thick or develop over bony prominences. They can also be unsightly and affect the appearance of your feet. In some cases, an excessive callus can cause blisters to form underneath and, in patients with diabetes, can be areas where ulcers develop.
book for callus removal today
The frequency of callus removal will depend on the severity and location of the callus. Your podiatrist will make recommendations based on your specific needs.
Yes, calluses can return if the underlying cause is not addressed. It is important to follow your podiatrist’s recommendations for prevention and management.
Many people neglect their feet until an issue arises. You can avoid calluses forming on your feet by paying attention and taking care of your feet. Consider the following points:
- Always wear comfortable shoes that are well-fitting. In addition, make sure they are supportive and provide you with sufficient cushioning for your feet.
- Make sure the liner of your shoes is made of a comfortable material that does not cause extra stress on your feet.
- Wear socks with your shoes to reduce any in-shoe irritation. Socks should be made from natural fibre materials and be well-fitting.
- Wear custom-made orthotics. Custom-made orthotics can provide functional support and cushioning for areas that are prone to calluses.
Yes, a medical pedicure done by a podiatrist will remove calluses. Nail salon pedicures will only file down the callus, but podiatrists can provide scalpel debridement and will use a specialised wet drill to smooth skin after.
If you are diabetic and are concerned about calluses on your feet, we highly recommend seeing a podiatrist for assessment and treatment. A podiatrist will be able to accurately assess your callus and remove it. Avoid using home treatments or nail salons as this can pose a risk to diabetic feet.
Calluses develop as a natural response to pressure and friction on the skin. While good foot hygiene is important, it is not the primary cause of calluses.
Calluses will continue to develop if the underlying cause is not addressed. Proper prevention and management can help them from recurring.
If left untreated, calluses can cause pain, discomfort, and even lead to infections. Callus removal is important for both cosmetic and medical reasons.
The frequency of callus removal will depend on the severity and location of the callus. Regular maintenance and prevention can help reduce the need for frequent removal.
Callus Removal Prices
Initial Callus Removal Appointment*95
Ongoing Routine Appointments*79
Callus Peel Treatment60
Podiatrist Recommended Heel Balms20-35
*Can be claimed on private health insurance with podiatry cover
The Foot Hub - Alexandria
205/35 Doody St
The Foot Hub - Sydenham
1/286 Unwins Bridge Rd