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What can a doctor do for a callus?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

A callus is usually not dangerous or painful. If it does begin to hurt, it may be overlying a nerve, or it may be a sign of an anatomical problem. For example, people with bunions on their feet usually form deposits of dead tissue there to cushion the protruding bone at the edge of the foot near the big toe. Hence, the callus is covering and padding the real problem. In a case like this, I advise seeing a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon. A dermatologist can pare down the top layers of a callus with a surgical blade, but it will return if the same action or friction on the area is repeated or if an underlying medical problem remains. I would trust a doctor, but not a nail technician, to perform this simple procedure, and do not try it yourself since it is easy to cut too far and hit living tissue.

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