callus & something else

due to bunions, my big toes turn inward towards the neighboring toe. Because of this, I have callusses on my big toes. One of the callusses has red spots (like blood). What could be going on?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. It is not uncommon to see calluses on the big toe in a patient with bunions. This is referred to as a pinched callus as the skin gets pinched with every step you take. This pinching of the skin can often cause enough trauma that there is a small amount of bleeding under the callus. I would not worry about the blood under the callus as this will often resolve when the callus is removed. If you have not seen a Podiatrist yet, I recommend having a full biomechanical exam as there may be a way to better control the way you walk and stress your great toe joint.

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