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Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6J6

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Your Callouses Tell a Story!

One of the most common reasons we see patients on a regular basis is to reduce their hyperkeratosis- which is just a fancy word for callous. While most people have calluses on their feet and/or toes, sometimes these calluses become painful, which is where we can intervene and help to manage these pesky areas. What you may not know, though, is that the location and distribution of the callouses on your feet tell us a story- and indicate whether something more may be going on with your feet.  Here are some common examples of callous patterns and what they could indicate:

Callous on the outside of the big toe

When we see callous in this area, we often immediately start to think of a condition called functional hallux limitus, or FHL. FHL is a limitation to the range of motion of the big toe, and can cause painful callous to develop along the border of the big toe. FHL is not serious but can progress to a more rigid deformity. Therefore, it should be managed as early as possible through padding, strapping and use of orthotics.

Callous on the outer border of the foot

When we see callous forming on the outside border of the foot, more often than not, the patient has something called pes cavus feet. This means that the arch of the foot is higher than what is considered normal. While it is generally not a serious condition, it can be caused by a more serious underlying pathology such as Charcot Marie Tooth Disease or Spina Bifida.  Orthotics and cushioning can help managed this condition.

Callous Inner heel

Often callous on the inner heel of the feet can indicate a variety of things but amongst the most common is that of a pes planus foot type. Essentially this means that the patient has a lower than normal arch, and this can lead to other painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. Orthotic therapy is a good way to mange pes planus feet.

While reducing callous can provide short term relief, the best method to ensure that yourcallouses do not return is determining their cause.  If you would like to learn more about the story behind your painful callouses, give us a call at 519-624-4122!

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366 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6J6

Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122