Hard skin on the feet is an extremely common issue, but the good news is that it is possible to treat… and you can get rid of it quickly. Keep reading to find out our top tips for treating hard skin and keeping it at bay
What Causes Hard Skin Build Up On The Feet?
We get hard skin build up when we have an excess of uneven weight-related distribution of pressure on the feet. The positioning of this hard skin and callus on the feet can be gait and footwear related. Skin cells multiply in response to the pressure and friction. There are several possible causes including:
- Musculoskeletal gait related issues affecting weight distribution
- Walking stance
- Repeated pressure on the feet from standing or physical activity such as walking or running
- Extra pressure on the feet caused by excess weight
- Footwear including high heels which throw our weight forward
- Walking and standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces
- Wearing shoes without plantar cushioning with hard insoles
Signs And Symptoms Of Hard Skin On The Feet:
Hard skin on the feet is fairly easy to identify. It is unsightly and can be uncomfortable, and affect the way we walk and stand, having an additional knock-on gait related effect. Here are some of the key signs:
- Hard thickened skin under pressure points on the feet
- Callus build up which can be yellowing in appearance
- Areas of skin that may be waxy in appearance
- Callus build up due to an overload of the joint – as in the case of a bunion where hard skin develops underneath the protruding bunion joint
How to Treat and Prevent Hard Skin On The Feet:
Callus and hard skin is uncomfortable and unsightly. If it is not removed it can lead to very painful, deep fissures or cracks in the skin and it can alter the way we walk, leading to further musculoskeletal complications and health issues. Follow these tips to get rid of hard skin on your feet, and to prevent it from coming back.
- Excess callus and hard skin should always be removed when the skin is dry. This can be treated and removed by our Podiatrists during a Medical Pedicure. For home treatment, the most superb and effective tool to use is the Margaret Dabbs London Hard Skin Remover Professional Foot File which will take your feet back to how they used to look. It is the ultimate tool for removing hard skin from your feet quickly and easily. It is hygienic, comes with 4 replacement pads and this hard skin remover file lasts a life-time.
- Use this once or twice a week to remove hard, dry skin and callus evenly, finely and effectively, leaving your feet completely smooth to the touch.
- Once you have removed the callus with the foot file you need to prevent it from building up again with the Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion. When used daily, the foot lotion helps to keep the feet healthy and reduces hard skin build up.
- If you develop cracks in your hard skin and callus these should be treated with the Cracked Heel Balm which will work to “knit” them back together.
- Book an appointment at a Margaret Dabbs London Clinic for a Medical Pedicure with a qualified Podiatrist. It is the most thorough foot treatment you will ever receive, is a complete overhaul of the feet and will also address all hard skin and calluses and leave the feet looking renewed.
- If you suspect that the way you are walking is causing the hard skin on the bottom of your feet, and leading you to walk differently you should book in to have a biomechanical assessment with our HCPC registered Podiatrist who can explain it all to you and prescribe bespoke insoles known as orthotics. This is just like getting glasses for your eyesight!
- If you develop cracks in your hard skin and callus these should be treated with the Cracked Heel Balm which will work to “knit” them back together