weird callous-thing on my foot?

poet_kelly
on 8/27/12 5:17 am - OH
When I typed the subject of this post, I put "weird callous-thing on my food" instead of foot.  Luckily I caught the mistake before I posted it.  You would all be wondering what kind of food I was eating that had weird callous-things on it!

Anyway, about my foot.  I have this weird callous-thing.  I'm assuming it's a callous.  It looks and feels like a callous, to me.  It's on the ball of my foot, but towards the outer side.  Maybe an inch or two below my baby toe.  It's about the size of my pinky fingernail and it feels hard and looks sort of like very dry skin.  I have a callous on the middle finger of my right hand, which formed a long, long time ago from writing.  It's where a pencil rests against that finger.

I don't know what would cause a callous at this place on my foot.  I've only become aware of it recently, maybe in the last week or so.  It's big enough that I can feel it when I'm walking and it hurts just a little.  Feels kind of like walking with a pebble or something in your shoe.

So.  Does this sound like callous?  Or what else could it be?  More importantly, is there a way to get rid of it?  It's not terribly painful but it's uncomfortable when I walk.

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qnmimi
on 8/27/12 5:24 am - Cottage Grove, MN
Kelly, It could very well be a small callous, and yes, they can make walking a little painful. I notice mine more in the summer when I wear sandals all the time. I have birkenstocks that have a molded footbed, and they can cause some irritation. I use a pummice stone in the shower, and try to lotion my feet well before bed. I don't have them so much in winter...I guess wearing socks, and different shoes don't cause callouses to form as fast.
poet_kelly
on 8/27/12 5:26 am - OH
I was thinking a pumice stone might help it.  I also wear sandals all summer.  I love sandals.  I go barefoot in the house, though.  I only wear my sandals when I go somewhere.  But I hardly ever wear socks.

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LiciaLou
on 8/27/12 5:25 am, edited 8/26/12 10:25 am - Central, FL
RNY on 08/29/12
I have that on both of my feet where my flip flops rub. Mostly a pain in the butt. A pedicure should get rid of them but it may be time to change shoes if you notice it coming back.

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qnmimi
on 8/27/12 5:35 am - Cottage Grove, MN
I do my own pedicures basically because I have an aversion to someone messing with my feet...LOL...I love my sandals, & try to keep up as best I can. Now that I'm not so heavy, getting the toenails painted is soooo much easier too!!
    
Dave Chambers
on 8/27/12 5:51 am - Mira Loma, CA
RNY on 05/10/06 with

I had something similar years ago. I was around 19 years old and my doc dianosed it as a planter's wart. These grow underneath the skin and you may not see the wart for several weeks or longer.  I had this one removed with an "electric arc" the treatment back then.  I was told mine was due to an irritation from shoes that had a severely worn sole.  The "thing" didn't bother me most of the time. BUT, whenever I took a shower, played sports, etc. --the tissue on the foot would swell, and it was somewhat painful to walk.  I had another one that developed a few weeks later, even though I had new shoes. I knew how my foot felt from the previous one. Then one day, the wart popped through the skin.  I would soak my foot in epsom salts, and take a tweezer to remove the segments of the wart. There are likely topicals today that would do the same thing.  "Pebble feeling" and hurting when you walk, make me think that you had the planter wart issue I have many years ago.  DAVE

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poet_kelly
on 8/27/12 6:02 am - OH
On August 27, 2012 at 5:51 AM Pacific Time, Dave Chambers wrote:

I had something similar years ago. I was around 19 years old and my doc dianosed it as a planter's wart. These grow underneath the skin and you may not see the wart for several weeks or longer.  I had this one removed with an "electric arc" the treatment back then.  I was told mine was due to an irritation from shoes that had a severely worn sole.  The "thing" didn't bother me most of the time. BUT, whenever I took a shower, played sports, etc. --the tissue on the foot would swell, and it was somewhat painful to walk.  I had another one that developed a few weeks later, even though I had new shoes. I knew how my foot felt from the previous one. Then one day, the wart popped through the skin.  I would soak my foot in epsom salts, and take a tweezer to remove the segments of the wart. There are likely topicals today that would do the same thing.  "Pebble feeling" and hurting when you walk, make me think that you had the planter wart issue I have many years ago.  DAVE

How big was yours?  I've had warts a couple of times and this is significantly bigger than they were.  But maybe I'll try some of that OTC wart remover stuff.  Last time I had a wart was many years ago, but it was on the back of my hand and I used those sticky things that are kinda like bandaids that remove warts.  You just stick one on over the wart and a couple days later I took it off and there was the wart, stuck on the bandaid-thing.

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Dave Chambers
on 8/27/12 6:11 am - Mira Loma, CA
RNY on 05/10/06 with

The wart itself isn't that big. BUT, due to the fact it's beneath the thicker skin of the foot, the wart looks appears larger, but it's just stretching a thicker skin area.  Unless you actually see the wart, I doubt that the wart remover liquid will do anything.  So topicals or wart patches won't do much until the wart passes through the skin. So in the meantime, you'll have to put up with the pain in your foot. Personally, I'd get it looked at by your local urgent care or your PCP.  My issue was in the late 60's and I really have no idea on how these are treated today. Just googled it and: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/plantar_warts/article_em.htm  Link has description, treatment (freezing or burning for removal), danger issues than can arise if not removed, etc.  Didn't spell it correctly, plantar wart.  DAVE

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Dave Chambers
on 8/27/12 6:13 am - Mira Loma, CA
RNY on 05/10/06 with
mat0174
on 8/27/12 6:24 am
RNY on 05/14/03 with
It could be a plantar wart, but if it is, it should only be removed by a good dermatologist, a true plantar wart can grow to be enormous, my brother had one on the back of his neck, and they generally grow a type of root structure, and the root has to be excised too, or it will grow back with a vengeance, and a piece of one in an open wound will cause ot to grow there too.

Have you been having any back, hip, or knee pain lately? If so, perhaps you could be walking with a slight gait, which would explain a callous in an unusual area.just a thought. Or you may be due for a new pair of shoes lol.
poet_kelly
on 8/27/12 6:34 am - OH
On August 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM Pacific Time, mat0174 wrote:
It could be a plantar wart, but if it is, it should only be removed by a good dermatologist, a true plantar wart can grow to be enormous, my brother had one on the back of his neck, and they generally grow a type of root structure, and the root has to be excised too, or it will grow back with a vengeance, and a piece of one in an open wound will cause ot to grow there too.

Have you been having any back, hip, or knee pain lately? If so, perhaps you could be walking with a slight gait, which would explain a callous in an unusual area.just a thought. Or you may be due for a new pair of shoes lol.
I've had back pain for several years now.  It's been worse over the past year, although just recently it is starting to get better.

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KittenLove
on 8/27/12 11:34 am - Around Knoxville, TN
RNY on 09/02/08 with
Oh Kelly it sounds like a plantars wart. I got my first earlier this year and although it's been frozen twice it still gives me issue. I'm currently usin the duct tape method. Last thurs i went to the dr for a routine visit and let her look at another area a few inches below wart area c I thought it was a bad callous. Two more warts. It's seriously taking a toll on me.

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a_dmond_n_the_ruff
on 8/27/12 11:42 am
RNY on 09/17/12
Kind of sounds like a planters wart.  I had one and thought it was a callous.  The only reason it snapped, like months later, was because my son had one on his hand and I had to bring him to the doctor.  They don't look like "regular" warts.  Does it look like it has black specks in it?  If so, then that's what it is.  You'll have to go have it frozen at the doctor's office.  I had to go 3 times before it finally went away.  The over the counter stuff just didn't work.

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CarolinaKelly
on 8/27/12 12:30 pm - NC
RNY on 08/29/12
Kelly -

This sounds very much like a plantars wart.  They are flat and can vary in size.  They can cause discomfort, and in my case a lot of pain, when walking.  I had mine removed in an outpatient surgery.  Not pleasant, but once recovered, but such a relief.

Good luck-
Kelly
SarahLee1969
on 8/27/12 5:27 pm - NY
You mentioned not long ago that you went for a longer than usual walk... sounds like maybe you could have a callous from that added walking. I prefer to use foot files on ny callouses on my feet. They are like a thick /sturdy emory board.One side is a bit coarse, and the other is a bit smoother. I use mine at the end of a bath or shower as the callous softens up some, but you can use it dry too. In a pinch I have used a larger emery board/ nail file that has the cardboard in the middle.

I find the files leave the foot smoother than the pumice stone, and are easily cleaned/sanitized with antibacterial soap.
kidnamedtoad
on 8/28/12 6:29 am

Sounds like a plantar's wart to me too!  I had one on the ball of my foot.  Freezing doesn't work on me so the dermatologist dug it out.  I limped for 3 weeks and oozed blood in my shoe for about a week.  It was about the size of a dime.  The wound ended up being a size of a quarter.    Very painful to walk on. I'm glad I had it sliced out.  There are you tube videos of people getting theirs removed.

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