Keep the area of your foot affected by calluses moisturized to keep the skin from hardening and to minimize friction against your footwear. The PennState Hershey Obstetrics and Gynecology website notes that applications of lanolin cream or petroleum jelly can soften the callus and help relieve discomfort. Step 4 Protect your feet. Reduce rubbing and irritation that may cause the callus to redevelop by adding gel insoles to your shoes to cushion your feet. Or you can cushion specific spots with protective foot pads sold over the counter to combat corns and calluses. Warnings As footwear plays an important role in causing foot corn, you must consider changing it for the treatment. You must opt for flat and comfortable shoes. Make sure the toe part is wide enough so that your toes have enough room and stay comfortable. Using open shoes or flats is the best option. Also, the footwear has to be thick soled in order to reduce the pressure on your sole. You can ask doctor to know the right type of footwear you must use. Hallus valgus is a condition which requires treatment. It will not heal without treatment. Surgical treatment is more beneficial than conservative treatment in improving the outcome. Women are more vulnerable because of wearing high heel footwear. High heels can cause pressure on the skin under the toes, arc of the foot and heels. Speaking of the arch, a person who has high arched feet has a high risk of developing hardened skin areas. Other causes are more specific because they only affect a number of people who suffer from certain natural deformities. Examples include a long metatarsal bone, a short Achilles tendon, gait abnormalities, prominence of some bones and so on. Take good care of your feet. Inspect them daily for developing calluses and other foot problems, and treat accordingly - the sooner the better. Diabetic foot ulcers often lead to amputation. In the United States, approximately 60% of all lower extremity amputations occur among persons with diabetes and of these, approximately 85% are preceded by a foot ulcer 1 A study published by Sage et al. in 2001 demonstrated the link between calluses and ulcers by reporting that callus formation precedes ulcer formation in over 82% of patients with diabetic foot ulcers 2 Sage, Ronald. "Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association." Outpatient Care and Morbidity Reduction in Diabetic Foot Ulcers Associated with Chronic Pressure Callus JAPMA, 1 June 2001. Web. 20 July 2013. Keep your heels down and your back leg straight. When you feel a gentle stretch in the upper calf of the back leg hold the stretch without bouncing. Repeat two to three times; switch legs. Sitting comfortably on a chair grab the toes and ball of one foot with both hands. Pull the toes back until you feel the arch stretch. Repeat two to three times; switch feet. Facing a wall place your arms on the wall at shoulder height. As always, surgery should be the very last resort. If the problem persists, consult your doctor. Your Fit Specialist at Stan’s will advise you on appropriate footwear for your condition.