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Old June 30th, 2016, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Calluses

Hi All,

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callus

Under the No Direction Bond thread under Session Skating I described a pretty bad problem I am just now solving with a bad (not perfect) orthotic fitting. The callus on my right outside foot at the widest point grew like mad and I didn't notice it till it caused significant pain.

In an Old tread one of our members (a good skater, and good input person) thought that a callus was only caused by friction. As the above article notes they form for a variety of reasons including pressure which was my case with the improper fitted orthotic on my right foot.

I verified this with my Podiatrist which is almost my age, and building quite a practice so it goes on way after his someday retirement. He started off as a Chemist in college so he has some technical background. Friction and Pressure are two causes.

NOW before I came to him I was using this stone that women use to remove calluses from their heels. I was convinced that I should use it dry on a dry callus. Well guess what, he said I was growing my callus with this method due to friction.. It is supposed to be done when the skin is wet.

End NOTE: Watch your feet for calluses and TAKE FAST Action. Some can harden up well and protect you like the one on my right arch, yet some cause you all sorts of problems with skating.

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Skating Dave
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Old July 1st, 2016, 06:42 AM   #2
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Smile I usually use nail cutters to cut off the hardened skin?

I don't know if it's the right thing to do, but everyday I look at my feet when I take off my socks. Usually on the side of my inside toes, the skins starts to get hard and a start of a callus will form, from all the skating I do. Usually 4-5 days a week for 2-3 hours a day. So I just cut off the hardened skin every 2-3 days just to keep the toe skin soft and supple. It seems to be working. I don't like hard skin on my feet from all the skating I do.


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Old July 2nd, 2016, 05:42 AM   #3
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I used to climb at the rock gym a few years ago. You get some major calluses after a while. I had to sand them down with a regular nail file before each session, otherwise they would get really built up and they would rip off all at once because it puts so much pressure at the thinner skin around the callus when losing traction on a large, deep hold (called a "jug"). The callus sort of moves all at once over the fluids under your skin (it doesn't stretch well), and the forces aren't distributed evenly. If you're curious, do a google images search for "rock climbing flapper".
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