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Intractable plantar keratosis (IPK) is a focused, painful lesion that commonly takes the form of a discrete, focused callus, usually about 1 cm, on the plantar (bottom) aspect of the forefoot.An IPK is actuallya collection of dead skin cells that harden over time and may feel like you are walking with a sharp pebble in your shoe. Typically, IPKs occur beneath one or more lateral metatarsal heads or what we call the “ball of the foot”
Patients may often confuse these lesions with a wart or may think there is a problem with the underlying bone because these lesions can be so painful. As the natural fat pad in this area begins to get thinner with age, you may become more susceptible to these kinds of skin calluses.
There is an underlying cause of why they form and it really involves abnormal biomechanics of the foot. It can indeed be a bony prominence or arthritis under that particular area. But anoften-missed etiology is an “equinus” of the ankle which leads to more pressure being put on the front of the foot during the gait cycle. When equinus is present, our foot compensates with pronation, or really overpronation. This hypermobility in the forefoot leads to abnormal forces and pressure points and leads to the formation of an IPK.
We often can treat these problems conservatively in the office. We address the equinus by providing splints for stretching and correcting the equinus. Also, a custom orthotic (shoe insert) can prevent that excessive pronation and provide some cushioning to the specific sites that bother you. In the office we will also shave down the lesion and may prescribe you some cream to put on daily. In most patients these can resolve in 1-2 months.
If you would like some more information or have something similar in your foot, don’t live in pain. Come in and let the doctors at Advanced Podiatry take a look!
A callus is dead, thickened skin that builds up on the bottom of your feet. They can be yellowish-red in color and they don't feel like the rest of the skin on your soles.
Calluses can build up anywhere on your body wherever friction and excess pressure happen.
Having a bunion increases your chances of developing a callus because it may change your gait and put pressure on one part of your foot .
People who are with certain foot types, as will a rapid weight gain in a short period of time, as, for example, women who are pregnant or going through menopause can be more prone as well.
Only let a Doctor remove calluses. Salons and other sources can be dangerous and lead to infection.
Injectable fillers are a new way to reduce calluses on the ball of the foot, which you typically get because you don't have enough cushioning to support the weight being placed on this area.It also alleviates the burning sensation many of us get in that area that makes it hard to wear heels.
Do you have dry feet? How about dry heels?
Dry skin; also referred to as xerosis, occurs from loss of water from the topmost layer of your skin. Dry skin occurs when the stratum corneum is depleted of water. The skin’s outer layer consists of dead, flattened cells that gradually move toward the skin’s surface and slough off. When this layer is well moistened, it minimizes water loss through the skin and helps keep out irritants, allergens, and germs. However, when the stratum corneum dries out, it loses its protective function. This allows greater water loss, leaving your skin vulnerable to environmental factors.
Here are some tips to avoid dry skin:
- Avoid hot showers. This is hard for some people but the hot water can strip your skin of essential oils thereby increasing dryness in the skin.
- Avoid barefoot walking or sandals and flip-flops. Moisture can be lost through your skin in this manner.
- Maintain good foot hygiene along with sock and shoe hygiene.
DAILY moisturizing with a cream or oil based product will help immensely. It is all about maintenance and consistency! Consistency is key. “ What products should I use?” “What if I have dry feet with calluses?”
We have products that can help you!
Kamea 20 Foot Cream will rehydrate, moisturize and condition your skin. This cream is “engineered to the condition by increasing the water content of your skin, thus restoring the skin’s natural properties and suppleness”.
Kamea G Foot Cream is an exfoliating foot cream that is designed to help with the buildup of dry skin, callusing, and scale build up. This product contains Glycolic acid which yields dramatic results. Why? It is a smaller molecule so it can get into the skin more easily!
But what if I have dry feet with open cracks, bleeding or open sores? Your dry skin may be due to a bigger problem. Please call us so that we may evaluate your feet and help you!