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Calluses on the foot

Calluses are areas of thick, hardened, dead skin. They form to protect the skin and structures under the skin from pressure, friction, and injury. They may look grayish or yellowish, be less sensitive to the touch than surrounding skin, and feel rough.

Calluses on the foot generally form on the ball of the foot, the heel, and the underside of the big toe. They often form where the foot and the beginning of a toe meet.

Current as of: October 31, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Barry L. Scurran, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Gavin W. G. Chalmers, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery

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