The foot supports your weight, acts as a shock absorber, serves as a lever and helps to maintain your balance. If treated incorrectly callus can form on the skin.

What is a callus?

Callus is areas of thickened hard skin forming over areas where you have had pressure when you walk or stand. A callus is your body’s reaction to pressure or friction and is a protective response. It happens anywhere your skin rubs against bone, shoes or the ground. Excessive callus build-up can be uncomfortable or painful.


Never treat your hard skin with knives, blades, scissors or pick skin away as you can cause pain and infection.

Gently rub the areas of your hard or thickened skin with a file or pumice.

Apply moisturising cream as part of your daily routine (but not between your toes as athletes foot can develop).

The above steps will maintain the comfort of your feet.

Diabetic or elderly? Do not use corn plasters.


Shoes should:

  • Be wide and deep across the front of your foot.
  • Have a low heel.
  • Fasten with a lace, buckle or velcro to allow for adjustment.
  • Have cushioned, shock absorbing insoles.

Consult a podiatrist for advice

The podiatry administration office can be contacted on 01274 221165.

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