That rubbing that you feel against your bunion as you walk is doing more than causing discomfort, it’s also encouraging the skin on your foot to become hardened and scaly, ultimately resulting in a callus.
While minor calluses are usually just a cosmetic problem, they can develop a bursa – or a fluid-filled sac under the skin – if the irritation doesn’t let up. Moreover, the bursa can become infected, resulting in a condition known as bursitis.
Luckily, getting rid of calluses can be simple.
First, soak your feet in hot – but not scalding – soapy water for about 20 minutes. This will soften the skin and make the next step easier. Then, rub a pumice stone gently in a circular motion over the callus until the skin is smooth. Finally, massage your feet with a thick moisturizer for baby-soft tootsies.
Remember that keeping bunions and calluses at bay is often just a matter of choosing shoes with a roomy toe box and good arch support.