Why Is Foot Care Important?
Good foot care is essential to ensuring overall health, especially in individuals with diabetes, and feet damaged by calluses or corns can serve as access points for infection. Foot pain can also lead to changes in posture and gate, both of which can lead to pain in the hips, knees, shoulders, and spine. The great news is that calluses are generally fairly easy to address. Treating and preventing calluses with effective products is a great way to ensure foot health and total body wellness.
How to Prevent Calluses
Callus prevention products come in a number of different forms including foot pads, exfoliating agents, soaps, and moisturizers. Foot pads are particularly important for people who suffer from a foot deformity that increases pressure on certain aspects of the sole. Friction and pressure are the enemies of the feet. Reduce friction and unnecessary pressure to prevent calluses from forming and to prevent them from worsening once they have formed. We can help you find everything that you need to prevent calluses.
What Can I Do About Calluses on My Feet?
Once a callus has formed, removing excess skin and preventing infection in the region of injury are both critical. There are mechanical (pumice, brushes, etc.) solutions to removing excess skin as well as pharmaceutical solutions. In some cases, a pharmaceutical treatment product, like a medicated pad or gel solution, is used to soften the skin of a callus and then a mechanical product is used to remove the skin.
Once the excess skin has been removed, it is important to ensure that the area stays clean, dry, and free of infection. It is also important to keep weight off of the area until the skin fully heals to avoid forming another callus. We carry a number of products address these concerns. We have powders to keep the area dry, bandages and wraps to keep it clean, and antibiotic ointments to prevent infection. A number of adjustable foot pads, designed to take pressure off of the damaged area while it heals, can be purchased from us.
Should I Remove My Calluses?
Keep in mind that not all calluses need to be removed. If the callus is small and does not cause too much discomfort, it may be enough to simply protect the area from pressure and friction while the foot heals on its own. If you choose to go this conservative route, check to make sure that the skin is not cracked or damaged. If it is, use one of our antimicrobial products to ensure that the area does not become infected while it heals.
We carry a variety of products designed to prevent and address calluses. Our products are selected for their ability to ease discomfort and keep you active while you heal. Take care of your feet, especially if you have diabetes, to ensure whole body wellness. Seek the advice of a medical doctor or your health care provider if you are unsure if you have a callus or feel uncomfortable treating it at home. Remember that a little prevention can go a long way when it comes to foot injuries.
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