Calluses Specialist

Jeremy Moran, DPM -  - Podiatrist


Jeremy Moran, DPM

Podiatrist located in Tomball, TX

Plantar calluses (foot calluses) aren’t just an unsightly foot blemish; rather, they’re often a sign that your shoes may be rubbing too much or that your blood isn’t circulating well to your feet. If you have thickened calluses, schedule an exam at ToeOp in Tomball, Texas, to get started on professional callus removal. Schedule your callus evaluation directly through the website or call to book an appointment over the phone.


What causes calluses?

Calluses are thickened patches of skin that commonly form on weight-bearing parts of your feet (like your heels). They form as your skin’s way of protecting itself. For example, if the shoes you wear every day are rubbing or causing friction, your skin starts to thicken up to prevent damage. 

While anyone can develop calluses, they’re particularly common if you:

  • Are diabetic, due to poor blood circulation and overly dry skin
  • Have foot deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes
  • Participate in distance running or sports
  • Work on your feet all day
  • Smoke cigarettes

You can also develop corns for similar reasons. Corns are smaller and typically form on areas of the foot -- such as across the tops of your toes -- that don’t bear weight. 


Do I need to see a podiatrist for calluses?

Not always. For minor calluses, you may be able to smooth them out with a foot soak and a scrub with a pumice stone. But in some cases, calluses can become so thick and dry, you can’t treat them on your own. This warrants a trip to the podiatrist.

You’re encouraged to come in to ToeOp if you have calluses that are:

  • Associated with open wounds or oozing
  • Red or warm to the touch
  • Worsening or recurring
  • Causing discomfort

It’s also important to have your calluses professionally treated at ToeOp if you have poor circulation, diabetes, or a weakened immune system since you have an increased risk of infection in these circumstances. 


What’s the treatment for calluses?

ToeOp provides in-office callus treatments, so you can restore your foot health and learn to prevent further calluses. Many callus treatments begin with applying a prescription-strength salicylic acid solution to the callus to soften your skin. If it’s needed, your podiatrist can also remove stubborn calluses with a surgical-grade scalpel. 

Once your calluses are treated, your podiatrist counsels you on at-home care. You may need to continue applying salicylic acid solutions daily, switch to roomier shoes, or wear custom orthotics to lower your risk of ongoing issues with calluses. 

If you’re struggling with calluses, book an evaluation at ToeOp today. You can schedule an appointment through the website or over the phone.