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When we walk or stand, in order to withstand the pressure, our body weight is carried first on the heel and then the ball of the foot, where the skin is thicker. If the pressure becomes extreme the skin will thicken as a protective response – causing calluses. This can happen anywhere on the foot where the skin is being rubbed, by such things as uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes, but calluses are most commonly found under the metatarsal heads (ball of foot).
A callus is usually larger than a Corn, does not have a central core; and may or may not be painful.
Walking on stones is another unpleasant feeling associated with calluses. This is generally associated with an underlying problem, such as bone deformity or a particular style of walking, and in this case we would always recommend visiting a chiropodist.
You can control the hard skin by regularly rubbing it with a pumice stone when in the bath. It also helps to apply moisturiser daily. Cushioning can also help relieve discomfort and pain in the ball of the foot, try Profoot’s Toe Beds, a revolutionary toe and ball of foot cushion, which gently aligns toes promoting proper toe placement. They can also help to prevent fatigue and the unpleasant feeling of walking on stones.