Beating Pinch Callous Buildup

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Beating Pinch Callous Buildup


Have you ever heard of this condition ‘Tylomas or Pinch Callus’? Did you know that they are one of the most common types of calluses usually seen in athletes?

They form along the ridge of skin that is pinched.  They may cause pain and discomfort during walking.

This commonly exists as a result of a big toe functional deformity called hallux limitus, which is characterised by a stiff big toe joint.  Or it can also be that hard skin ridge that runs up the base of your painful fifth toe.

Continuous pressure and friction on the same area of skin causes it to thicken as a protective response.

Wearing good fitting shoes (we recommend Asics Gel Nimbus 24 trainers) and keeping our skin moisturized can prevent pinch callus buildup.

Pinch Callus Prevention

Preventing pinch callouses involves taking steps to reduce the friction and pressure on the skin that cause them.  Here are some effective strategies:

  • Well-Fitting Shoes. Ensure your shoes fit well.  They should not be too tight or too loose, and there should be enough room for your toes to move.
  • Regular Cleaning. Wash your feet daily with soap and water, ensuring they are completely dry before putting on socks and shoes.
  • Moisturize. Apply a thick, emollient-rich moisturizer to your feet daily, especially after bathing, to keep the skin soft and supple.
  • Moisture-Wicking Socks. Wear socks that wick moisture away from your skin to reduce friction and keep your feet dry.
  • Podiatrist Consultation. If you have persistent or painful callouses, consult a podiatrist for personalized advice and treatment options.  They may recommend custom orthotics or other interventions to prevent callouses.
Are you suffering from any foot condition?  At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help.  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000


We hope you have a feetastic day!

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



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