The Foot and Ankle Institute of
South Florida

 


7000 SW 62nd Avenue
Suite 405
South Miami , FL 33143
305-662-1444

Patient Education

Heel calluses, also called plantar calluses, develop when one metatarsal bone is longer or lower than the others and it hits the ground with more force than it is equipped to handle. As a result, the skin under this bone thickens. The resulting callus causes irritation and pain.

In most cases, heel calluses can be treated without surgery. In severe cases, however, a surgical procedure, called an osteotomy, is performed to relieve the pressure on the bone. The procedure involves cutting the metatarsal bone in a "V" shape and lifting the bone and aligning it with the other bones. This alleviates the pressure and prevents formation of a heel callus.


























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