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Hard Skin Foot Facts

Being thick skinned is one thing, but having hard, rough, abrasive skin on your feet is another thing altogether. It looks ugly, and can sometimes feel uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods for dealing with this common problem.

Hard skin on the foot can be very effectively removed using a pumice stone. Not only is a pumice stone abrasive and natural, but also it contains volcanic rock and crystals that are an excellent addition to your foot care regimen. The soothing notion that billions of years of energy are embodied in these wonderful crystals is uniquely comforting. As you scour away the dead skin on your feet, new skin sees the light of day and replicates.

Additional methods of removing hard skin on your feet and further methods to reduce pain may include:

Trimming away dead skin. Your doctor can cut away thickened skin or trim a big corn, usually in an office visit. Don't try this yourself at home, because it could result in an errant wound that may lead to an infection.

Callus-removing drugs. Your doctor may also recommend a patch containing 38 percent salicylic acid. Patches such as these are available without a prescription. Your podiatrist will inform you how often you need to replace it. 

Medication to reduce the risk of infection.  Antibiotic ointment may be prescribed to reduce this risk.

Orthotic Shoe inserts. If you have an underlying foot malady, your doctor may prescribe custom-made padded footwear inserts (orthotics) to curtail the recurrence of corns and calluses.

Surgery. Rarely, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the intrusion of a bone that may be causing friction, pain and callus formation.

Persistent hard skin or calluses may be due to a deformity such as a bunion. If your hard skin is causing you pain and discomfort you should make an appointment with your foot specialist to determine the cause.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

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