Many people develop one or more calluses on their feet. Calluses are thickened layers of skin that may become painful over time. These thick areas serve to protect the inner parts of the foot from impacts each time a person runs, jumps or takes a step. People with comorbidities such as diabetes or circulatory disorders may need to visit a podiatrist to have their calluses evaluated and professionally removed. Athletes and other people may also wish to have calluses removed, especially if they become uncomfortable.
The primary method of how do podiatrists remove calluses is with a sterile surgical blade. Slowly and methodically, the podiatrist moves the blade across the callused area. One layer of dead skin is removed with each passing of the surgical blade. Once the dead layers of skin have been removed and live skin is uncovered, the podiatrist will stop. This is not painful. The edges of the callous will be smoothed with a Dremel device in order to enhance patient comfort.