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This is a broad based, diffuse area of hyperkeratosis. It is of approximately even thickness. Commonly it is found under the metatarsal heads. A callus does not have a central core (1). A callus may or may not be painful.

Treatment is via regular trimming.

If the callus is localised then shoes should have extra depth, be wide and low healed. A metatarsal pad may be of benefit.

A diffuse plantar callus requires shoes with cushioning +/- a cushioning insole.


  • Singh et al (1996). Callosities, corns and calluses. BMJ, 312, 1403-6.

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