Everything You Need To Know About The Hard Skin On Your Feet
Suffering because of hard skin on your feet is difficult, we use our feet for long periods of time everyday and it’s important to keep our feet healthy.
Today we’re going to be telling you everything your need to know about the hard skin forming on your feet including how to remove it.
What is hard skin on feet?
Hard skin is just that, but to determine what kind of hard skin you are experiencing is always a good thing, as the health of your feet is often overlooked. Hard skin is different for everybody because we all vary in what activities and activity level we have, as well as our hobbies and jobs.
Generally hard skin is rough patches of your foot, normally located around the ball or heel of your foot. The hard skin is normally less sensitive to the touch, except from extremely severe cases, often the skin is slightly discoloured and yellowed in appearance.
This type of hard skin is called a callous, corns however are normally a bit softer and smaller in size, but they often are caused by similar things. Because hard skin of all varieties is caused by friction and pressure athletes are much more likely to suffer from hard skin on the feet.
Why does hard skin form on feet?
Hard skin is a reaction, but what causes this reaction? Repeated stress through activities such as jogging, playing instruments, wearing ill fitting socks or shoes, or using specific tools repeatedly or otherwise moving in a repetitive motion.
Hard Skin on the feet is your skins reaction to these constant stress, your skin thickens over time when injured continuously, the same way muscles get stronger from healing small tears when you overextend yourself.
Hard skin forms on the feet from continued friction and pressure, causing callouses and corns to form. This is actually a healthy reaction from your skin, your skin is responding to the repeated stressors put on it and building an immunity, unfortunately however over time hard skin can become painful and tender to the touch. Hard skin only worsens over time so if you are noticing too much hard skin developing on your feet its best to deal with it sooner rather than later.
The majority of the time hard skin is easy to treat at home, however if your case is more severe you may need medical assistance.
What damage does hard skin do to feet?
At first hard skin may not offer you many symptoms as generally it builds up slowly over time, but one day you might notice a tenderness in you skin. At this point it’s already going to be difficult to remove the hard skin, being aware of the hard skin on your feet is really the most important thing.
If you are an athlete or musician and need hard skin in certain areas to actually perform to your ability it is at least a good idea to keep the hard skin formations moisturised so when older it doesn’t lead to sever cases of hard skin. However if you are not a musician or athlete you should address your hard skin before its too late, as hard skin will only get more difficult and painful to treat the longer you leave it.
How to treat hard skin on feet?
If you’re interested in removing hard skin on your feet try these tips:
- Soak the area in warm water, if your case is not severe adding Epsom salt to the soak will also help, this will help soften the hard skin.
- With a pumice stone, gently rub to the are starting with a sideways motion and then in small circles around and on the area.
- Careful not to over exfoliate as this can lead to more injuries, start only for a short duration.
- Finally moisturise your feet, this with soothe and smooth the skin further.
Repeat this daily until any and all the hard skin is removed, remember to go slow with this process.
If you think you hard skin issues may be more severe and need professional care, contact us today.