Have you taken a close look at your feet lately? Have you noticed that the skin looks a little hard? If it is then you may have a callus. But what is a callus and more importantly how can you get rid of it. A callus is basically dead skin cells that have accumulated in specific areas of your foot. It is usually located on the bottom of your food where the most pressure is applied. It is actually your body's way of protecting your foot against this pressure. One may also benefit from using good-quality orthotic devices such as insoles or silicone foot pads prescribed by a podiatrist. The role of a qualified foot and ankle specialist or podiatrist may include major contributions to the management of this disease, including relief of pain and restoration of function. This can add not only to a reduction of disability but an improvement of walking, increased independence and the regular ability to engage in activities of daily living. Increased joy and happiness in life may then occur , as the foot and ankle are optimized to function even with this difficult disease. In conclusion, treating foot corn doesn't have to be complicated. The few simple treatment methods described in this article are a great help to those that need it. There is no need to be heavy handed with the Pumice stone, as the skin will soften and crumble after the soak. Take the stone and gently scrub the hard skin on the bottom of your foot while the idle foot stays immersed in the water. Work the pumice stone in circular motions. The cause of a callus would determine what treatment is best effective to cure the problem. If the case is mild try using a non-medicated pad around the callus to help relieve pressure. The more severe case of hard thick skin have your doctor look at. If you are able to get a lift and have a job that is not active and you can elevate your foot, you may be able to return after 1-2 weeks. Generally, patients return to work between 4-8 weeks depending on the type of job, activity levels and response to surgery. If you wish to prevent recurrence of corns, make sure that you wear shoes that fit you well. If it is causing a great deal of discomfort, seek medical help to get the underlying cause diagnosed and treated. If a bone deformity is responsible for causing such foot problems, you might need a surgery for correcting the deformity. A callus, also known as hyperkeratosis, is an area of hard, thickened skin that can occur across the ball of the foot, on the heel, or on the outer side of the big toe. Although many consider them a skin problem, they are indicative of a problem with the bone. If you need assistance relieving calluses, please contact our office. We can trim and apply comfortable padding to the painful areas. In more severe cases, we may prescribe medication to relieve inflammation, or inject cortisone into the underlying bursal sac to rapidly reduce pain and swelling.