What are calluses?

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Calluses are the hardened or thick areas on your hands, feet or toes because of friction or pressure or irritation. Calluses often cause pain under your toes when you walk. Calluses are naturally formed as a result of walking frequently and they usually form below feet. Generally, calluses can form on any part of the body that is frequently exposed to pressure and friction.

Wearing high heels can cause excessive friction on foot and give rise to calluses; people who are frequently doing handwork can generate calluses. However, calluses are common and they are not too harmful. Calluses are often noticed on fingers of writers or guitar players as thickened grey, white or yellow spots. The outer most layer of our skin is the hardened skin underneath which there are many layers.

And when over a period of time this outer layer is replaced with the new layer made of dead cells from the layers underneath it. And when excessive friction is applied to the outer layer calluses are formed.

Calluses on hands

Calluses are often seen on hands of people who engage in excessive physical work, for example, construction workers. If you discover frequent calluses on your palms, you should be concerned and think the ways that you can prevent them. For example, if you work in an industry and do a lot of handworks, use gloves while doing activities. Try to avoid too much pressure on your hand, and if you cannot avoid the work because of the industry you are involved in, you should at least take care of your hands by using moisturizers or use callus removing gels and creams.

If possible at least try to reduce your pressure on hands. Even though calluses are common if you don’t take the treatment they can cause frequent pain at your workplace. You can try scrubbing calluses with a pumice stone to relax your palms. Also, wash your hand and clean them with cotton if your hands have developed calluses as washing your hands will prevent bacteria from growing. Try scrubbing your hand with pumice stones to relax your palms.

Calluses on feet

3Calluses on feet can be troublesome when walking. People who develop calluses on feet often feel pain when walking especially on toes. Ladies who prefer high hills are prone to calluses if excessive pressure is put on feet. Try using footwear that will comfort your feet and avoid high heels if possible or use them only when you have an important meet.

Wearing shoes that are too tight or make your toes feel compressed should be avoided. In addition, if you do a lot of walking or excessive walking you can develop calluses on your toes and normally on the ball of the foot. Use foot file to gently scrub the area where you have developed calluses. If you cannot avoid excessive walking in your daily life and frequently develop calluses, try soaking your feet in warm water for ten minutes daily. Use lotions after showering on your to make your feet soft. You can also use baking soda, chamomile tea in water when soaking feet. Putting pineapple peace on the affected area is beneficial for treating calluses between foot fingers. And finally, try using special footwear products that can rest your feet.

If nothing works and you develop large calluses that cannot be cured at home, you must consult your doctor.

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