What To Do About Calluses

Anyone who knows me has heard me talk about calluses.

I don’t like calluses – period. They indicate repeated pressure over time, generally from poor fitting footwear.

But the most important thing to know is that if or when you get a blister under a callus, it will be painful. No matter how small or how little fluid is inside the covered and hidden blister. You know it’s there. I know it’s there. But finding the exact location and depth of the blister in order to drain the fluid is very, very, very difficult. It can be painful too because it take a series of punctures with a needle to try and find the blister sac.

So for that reason, I prefer nice soft skin instead of calluses. I’ll accept a little bit of callus – but very little. I have spent too much time at aid stations and medical checkpoints trying to help athletes with thick calluses that have negatively affected their forward movement.

Your job is to reduce your existing calluses and then try to keep the skin soft. It’s not easy but in today’s blog post, I have a link to a Moo.Review webpage that goes into great detail about callus tools. Manual tools, battery operated tools, gels and creams, the list is long and the pros and cons are shown.

I encourage you to check out the webpage and even get one or several of the tools to work on reducing your calluses. Here’s the link to Moo.Reviews Callus Remover page.

Calluses

August 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Footcare, Footwear, Health, Sports, Travel 

In June I patched feet of adventure racers at the Raid the North Extreme in northern BC Canada. In July I patched feet of ultrarunners at the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, CA.  One common denominator on many athletes’ feet was their calluses.
     Those of you who have followed me for a while know I am not a fan of calluses. Over the years I have Img_2611patched too many blisters underneath calluses, and been unable to patch many more. The reason is that calluses are hardened layers of skin, caused by friction, often from poorly fitting footwear. Calluses also are quite common in the summer when people use sandals, flip-flops, or go barefoot.
     These calluses can crack, and these skin cracks, called fissures, have to heal from the inside out – and can be painful. The skin inside can easily become infected.
     Over the next month, I will be trying several callus creams, callus remover, and other skin repair ointments. I am enlisting the help of several friends, including my wife, to also try some of the products.
     One-by-one, I will talk about these products and share how they worked. I will also share a few stories, including one horror story of calluses, how they affect athletes in their sports, and a bit on how I patch them. Stay tuned.

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