There is a callus on the instep of my foot and also in the middle of my foot that is very uncomfortable. My doctor said I may have to have surgery, but is there another option for treating this?
Thank you for your question. Without examining you I am not sure if I exactly understand where your calluses are, and if you have any biomechanical imbalances that are causing them.
Calluses are formed as a direct result of excess pressure due to improper shoe gear, foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes or certain sports such as dance. Calluses can be shaved down and kept smooth with various over the counter products, but nothing except surgery can “remove” a callus”.
If you were to have surgery the foot deformity that is associated with the callus would have to be corrected to prevent the callus from forming. In the mean time, I would wear wider shoes and keep the calluses shaved down and soft. Good luck!
Dr. Emily Splichal
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