Hard skin in the right places can be pretty useful, but there is nothing more uncomfortable than feeling a hard pad of skin under your foot every time you step on it. Hard skin on the ball of the foot (known as a callus) is caused by faulty foot mechanics, or inappropriate footwear. If you wear high heels or shoes with a very thin sole regularly then the pressure applied to the ball of your foot becomes too great and the body works to protect its internal structures from damage by toughening the skin. The problem is, that thickened skin is uncomfortable to walk on.
In mild to moderate cases the excess skin can be gently removed and moisturised periodically to keep your feet in tip-top condition. Your podiatrist will moisturise them in the clinic but you should make this a part of your daily routine too. Usually, this process will need to be repeated on a regular basis - perhaps every 2 months - unless the underlying causes can be addressed.
For the more severe cases it is often advisable to supplement this care with an orthotic insole to prevent or reduce the recurrence of the callus. Moisturising your feet on a daily basis will help to keep the skin soft and pliable and will greatly diminish the discomfort of any callus formation. To learn more about orthotic insoles, just click the image.
Pain from hard skin tends not to subside if left untreated. The effects of treatment are dramatic & immediate.
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Choosing the correct footwear will make a big difference to your pain and to your over-all foot health. While those killer heels look awesome, try to restrict their use to special ocassions. Wearing a shoe with a lower, broader heel or a wedge will dramatically improve how your foot feels. Ocassionally, some people find that the transition into a lower heel causes pain instead of relief. If this describes you then discuss this with our podiatrist as it is indicitive of an underlying problem.
Applying a good foot moisturiser to your feet every evening will help to keep the skin responsive and supple, so even as it becomes thicker it will be less painful. You will get a greater benefit from a cream specifically designed for the foot rather than a body cream as the skin on the foot is up to five times thicker than the skin elsewhere and the foot creams are designed with this in mind.
Don't just slap that cream on as you collapse into bed! Take time applying your cream and massage the foot thoroughly. Give all of the joints, especially those in the ball of the foot, a good stretch. Wiggle the toes by hand and give them a good stretch too. Pamper the foot a little - it's worked hard for you all day long!
Use a golf ball under the foot to help keep the joints supple and relaxed. Run it around under the foot, applying enough pressure to make it slightly uncomfortable - it should feel like a "good" ache when you do this. Try to do this for at least 2 minutes every day - you can even do it under the desk at work or while you catch up with the TV in the evening.
Visit your podiatrist regularly and work with them to help maintain optimum foot health. They will be able to advise you on any specific changes or exercises that would benefit you.
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