A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin that can occur on any area of the foot that sustains increased pressure or repetitive shear force. Calluses are seen as a skin problem but actually occur because of bony structural deformities.
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Calluses or corns form from small amounts of repeated friction and pressure over a long period of time on a bony prominence on the foot. The body protects itself by thickening the skin in response to the pressure. Calluses typically develop under high pressures areas such as the ball of the foot.
In diagnosing a callus, the physician will examine the affected area and scrape off the callus in order to distinguish it from other types of skin lesions.
Treatment approaches for calluses include: