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Planters Callus

Posted by melissam on 6/08/01 at hrmin (050244)

My grandMother has been diagnosed with 'Planters Callus' which has been increasingly painful over the years to the point where there are days where she can't apply any pressure to her foot without agony. The treatment currently used is the scraping of the callus with use of acid on the bottom of her foot.

do you have further information or other alternatives?

Re: Planters Callus

Dr. Biehler on 6/09/01 at 16:44 (050348)

The callus is thickened daed skin and as such it does not have nerves and does not the radiate the pain. The pain comes from the additional pressure this thickened skin causes as the bodies weight presses it againt the bone in the foot . The result is a painful bursitis. The most conservative treatment is to reduce the thickness of the callus which in turn decreases the amount of pressure it can cause. If the actual cause of the problem is a decreased plantar fat pad and a hypertrophied metatarsal head or a plantar flexed metatarsal, then a surgical technique is used that slightly raises the metatarsal head which in turn takes away the additional pressure. No pressure the no callus and no pain. Dr. B.

Re: Planters Callus

Andrew on 6/09/01 at 17:00 (050350)

How do you know if you have planters callus or a decreased fat pad?

Re: Planters Callus

Dr. Biehler on 6/16/01 at 18:37 (050868)

A callus is thickened dead skin. With a decreased fat pad you will not feel much cushioning between the skin and the bones. Dr. B.

Re: Planters Callus

Dr. Biehler on 6/09/01 at 16:44 (050348)

The callus is thickened daed skin and as such it does not have nerves and does not the radiate the pain. The pain comes from the additional pressure this thickened skin causes as the bodies weight presses it againt the bone in the foot . The result is a painful bursitis. The most conservative treatment is to reduce the thickness of the callus which in turn decreases the amount of pressure it can cause. If the actual cause of the problem is a decreased plantar fat pad and a hypertrophied metatarsal head or a plantar flexed metatarsal, then a surgical technique is used that slightly raises the metatarsal head which in turn takes away the additional pressure. No pressure the no callus and no pain. Dr. B.

Re: Planters Callus

Andrew on 6/09/01 at 17:00 (050350)

How do you know if you have planters callus or a decreased fat pad?

Re: Planters Callus

Dr. Biehler on 6/16/01 at 18:37 (050868)

A callus is thickened dead skin. With a decreased fat pad you will not feel much cushioning between the skin and the bones. Dr. B.