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    How to cope with calluses?

    Over the last week my left food has grown progressively sore. At first I though I was developing blisters on two of my toes but now think I'm forming calluses. What's the best way to deal with these?

    My shoes fit fine, I interchange the use of cotton and tech material socks, etc. This happened to me once over the summer and with about a week off the bike the pain went away. Do I need to do this again or have people had success with riding through the pain with filing or sanding the callous off?

    I know physically a week off the bike won't really hurt my conditioning but mentally I'm a little wigged out by the thought
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    This guy is a guru on athlete foot care.

    http://www.vonhof.typepad.com/fixingyourfeet/

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    Why would you want to remove callouses? Once you have them, its very hard to get blisters. For example, I used to be a runner, and have pretty gnarled feet. I NEVER wear socks with my road shoes unless its about 50* F or colder outside, and then I'm more likely to put booties on instead.
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    Senior Member Mojo GoGo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
    Why would you want to remove callouses?
    A guy I work with who does marathons gets them pretty bad and he mentioned to me that he cuts them off with scissors and then uses a large emory board to sand them down. Didn't know if this was a common practice so I decided to post....
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    With long distance running and hiking you need to remove them. Soften by soaking or with lotion then sand gently. If you don’t, you can get these types of blisters from the outer skin having no suppleness.
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    I employ the services of a podiatrist every 7-8 weeks, mainly because I cant cut my very difficult toenails myself. One of the the things the podiatrist does is keep my callouses under control. If I'm traveling well there shouldn't be any calouses but every now and then I have trouble with them and like you they cause preasure sores. The best thing is to trim there thickness to overcome the preasure sore but not remove too much which causes other problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthalpic
    With long distance running and hiking you need to remove them. Soften by soaking or with lotion then sand gently. If you don’t, you can get these types of blisters from the outer skin having no suppleness.
    As someone who ran upwards of 70 miles a week for years, I can say that no, you really don't need to remove them. The only blisters I ever got were on the tops of my toes from the inside of a new pair of shoes being too rough still. In terms of the undersides of your feet, leave them alone.

    Also, my dad runs Boston every year. He doesn't do a damn thing to his feet.

    Another point: ask your local collegiate CC or Track kids what they do with their feet. They'll know a hell of a lot more than the average marathoner.
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    I get them occasionally, one a year or so in a new spot. Usually from new shoes. I just cut them off with a scalpel. Trim to just the the same skin-thickness as surrounding skin. Then blend in the edges with cuticle-cutters. Sand it down with rough emery-board or 200-grit sandpaper for smooth finish. Then treat like roadrash, apply antibiotic ointment once a day and keep bandaged up. After a week, the skin's soft and supple and good as new! Apply moisturing lotion with aloe regularly
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    Our Intelligent Designer did not provide a way for us to weld armor steel plate over areas in need of extra surface reinforcement. Rather, we are provided of an on-demand mechanism to harden just those spots that need it. When you no longer need 'em they go away after a time. Pretty elegant, actually. I say don't monkey with 'em.

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    Who would consider it an intelligent-design when building a creature that shares a common tube for both breathing and eating? So that it can't breath as it's drinking/eating. Then every once in a while, it tries to do both and ends up choking, even dying sometimes. Especially makes no sense when these two tubes enter the creature in different areas, simpler to just leave them separate and connect to the lungs and stomach directly. Better performance too!

    When this creature falls down and breaks a bone, we should just let it heal on its own as the design was perfect to begin with. So what if a bone sticks out, it was designed to heal that way.

    What if it gets a serious infection? Bah, that's what antibodies and white blood-cell are for!

    If your kid was born with crooked teeth, leave them, it was meant to be that way.

    What if he was born with biotinidase deficiency, nephro-anemic syndrome, thyrotoxicosis or any number of curable infant diseases? Who needs medicine, just let him die, his body was designed with those illnesses intentionally.

    Why cut your hair or wear clothes? You weren't born with clothes, be natural, the way it was intended.

    Your nails and eybrows grow for a reason, leave them be no matter how long they get, they're there for a reason.

    Imperfect eyesight? It was designed that way! Glasses and contact-lenses are for the vain and those who can't navigate in the dark.

    Legs not strong fast enough to run 60mph? Tough luck, sell the car and the bike, you were given legs, use them to get to work each day.
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    Hey Danno, ease up. . .just having a tad of fun. Agree on all points. We are clever beings and are obliged to use our smarts [whatever its source] to our own benefit. Just saying that callouses are a pretty clever solution for the need for temporary low-level armor on the hide.

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    Heh, heh, sorry ... just playing too! Whenever I hear "intelligent design" it kinda sets me off. We can all use some upgrades! Although I think modern-medicine may have inadvertently weakened our species overall by letting those who would've never lived to reproduction age in the old days survive today. I'm not into extreme body-mods as those vegans who cut themselves or the hardcore piercers, but I've done some clean-up here and there with a sharp instrument.

    On the OP's question, a lot of callouses start with a blister, which is nature's padding. Typically those will harden and thicken into callouses. So just poke and drain the blister and it'll go away without turning into a callous. Moleskin works well to add padding to areas that gets rubbed a lot. Tape over your feet like soccer & football players to reduce occurances of blisters.

    Another source of callouses are foreign bodies that gets lodged under the skin, like grains of sand or stepping on glass. Your body will build up a callous around that particle to protect itself, kinda like a pearl in an oyster. These are troublesome callouses that keep on coming back no matter now many times you cut them off and yet there's no signs of rubbing on the skin. You really have to inspect them closely and feel for the grit. I've dug for glass shards repeatedly on a couple of callouses for months until one day, digging extra deep with the cuticle-cutters, the tips encountered something solid and did a SCRAPE across something inorganic. Finally dug out the glass and kept the wound slattered with antibiotic ointment and bandaged for a couple weeks. No more callouses!
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    As a soccer player and runner I get blisters and calluses often. I've found that to prevent blisters or caluses (if you don't want them) try putting a glob of vasaline on your foot, then over your sock. After applying this trick, I've never once gotten a blister.
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