Our feet are often the last places we think of rubbing on some moisturizer. After all, we use our hands to do everything, and they're out in the open, so we're more likely to lather them up than our lowest appendages. But think how hard our feet work- and they're stuffed in shoes with socks!
Heel calluses, also called plantar calluses, develop when one metatarsal bone is longer or lower than the others and it hits the ground with more force than it is equipped to handle. As a result, the skin under this bone thickens. The resulting callus causes irritation and pain. Heel calluses are a condition diagnosed and treated in our six offices: Rocky Hill CT, Bristol CT, Newington CT, Glastonbury CT, Middletown CT, and Kensington CT. Our four podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Richard E. Ehle, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, and Dr. Ayman M. Latif are highly trained in treating heel calluses.
In most cases, heel calluses can be treated without surgery. In severe cases, however, a surgical procedure, called an osteotomy, is performed to relieve the pressure on the bone. The procedure involves cutting the metatarsal bone in a "V" shape, lifting the bone and aligning it with the other bones. This alleviates the pressure and prevents the formation of a heel callus.
If you have heel calluses call one of our six offices across Connecticut to make an appointment: Rocky Hill, Bristol, Newington, Glastonbury, Middletown, and Kensington. Our four podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Richard E. Ehle, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, and Dr. Ayman M. Latif are highly trained in treating heel calluses.
Check out these blog posts for more information about heel calluses:
- "My Feet Are Looking Ugly!" http://ctfootcare.blogspot.com/2012/11/my-feet-are-looking-ugly.html
- "How To Soak Dry, Cracked Feet" http://ctfootcare.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-to-soak-dry-cracked-feet.html