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Hard Foot Skin: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Prevention

What is Hard Skin?

Hard Skin on the foot is known as a foot callus which is a thickening of the skin as a result of intermittent pressure and friction. Usually foot calluses appear as a dirty yellow mass of hard skin, which shows no definite line of demarcation. It is the way that healthy skin protects itself from undue stress and therefore can occur in any part of the body such as a labourer's hands.

The most common area for foot calluses to occur is the ball of the foot and around the heel area which can cause heel pain. Occasionally, foot calluses may occur at the tip or on the top of toes as a result of ill-fitting shoes.

What causes Hard Skin?

When the bottom of the foot is subjected to the pressure of body weight when a person is standing or walking, the area where the foot callus has formed may become very painful with a burning sensation.

The pressure under the foot is often caused by poor weight distribution and may indicate some underlying conditions such as in-rolling feet or prominent metatarsal heads. A lack of a pad of fat under the metatarsal heads will also contribute to increase pressure to the ball of the foot and it is therefore recommended not only to protect and cushion the affected area but also to try to correct any misalignment of the foot function.

Do not try self-treatment by cutting the foot calluses away as the bathroom surgery can lead to hospital room treatment. Choose from many hard skin remover products to get your feet silky smooth.

This information is for guidance only. If you are in doubt at all, please consult your nearest health professional.

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Flexitol Express Corn Remover Pen

Highly effective and fast acting. One Step Treatment For Corns. 12% Salicylic Acid. Double the strength of the current market leader. With Precision application. No scraping & no plaster required. Reusable - up to 40 applications. (2ml) Not suitable for diabetics.

£9.99

Flexitol Moisturising Foot Foam 125ml

Fast acting and intense. Feel improvement in 1 day! New, Innovative foam format. Provides intensive care for very dry, rough skin. Quickly absorbed, easy to use, no mess and non greasy. Intensive moisturisation for up to 12 hours. Suitable for diabetics.

£8.99

Flexitol Hand Cuticle & Nail Cream 15g

Helps reduce hang nails. Promotes nail growth. Flexitol Cuticle and Nail Cream repairs, conditions and protects the cuticles and skin around the finger and toe nails. With New Easy To Use Brush Applicator. Contains 6% Urea. Not suitable for diabetics.

£4.45

Flexitol Heel Magic 70g

A convenient, easily applied treatment for feet with dry skin or rough heels. Rich moisturising ingredients, including Shea Butter and Olive Oil combine to help provide all the attention feet need to make them look and feel great. Suitable for diabetics.

£8.51

Flexitol Heel Balm 25% Urea

Flexitol Heel Balm contains 25% urea (chemically synthesised), a specially formulated base to maximise its efficiency. The combination of moisturising, hydrating, emollient and occlusive properties make Flexitol Heel Balm highly effective. Suitable for diabetics.

£5.66

Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream 85g

Flexitol dry skin cream is specially formulated for the treatment of rough, dry and cracked feet It has a rich moisturising base softens and cares for everyday skin.Contains 10% Urea and Vitamin E. Suitable for diabetics.

£5.66

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