Heel Pain 101

Preventing Heel Calluses From Forming

A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin. Calluses can occur on the ball of the foot, on the outer side of the big toe, or on the heel. Calluses typically form due to repeated friction and pressure on the area.  

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Treating Heel Calluses

A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin. Generally, calluses on the foot will occur across the ball of the foot, on the outer side of the big toe, or on the heel. The callus is formed when the skin thickens in response to repeated pressure and friction as the shoe or ground rubs against a bone spur (a bony prominence) on the foot. Calluses are caused by small amounts of pressure and friction over long periods of time, while blisters or open sores are formed by a great deal of pressure and friction over a shorter amount of time. 

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