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Anyone With Callus On Feet

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Hello All,


My husband Jerry has been diagnosed with Scleroderma since December 2005. He does not use any drugs and only takes herbs for his condition.


One of his biggest problems is all of the calluses on his feet. I was wondering if anyone else has this problem and what do you do for it?


I read this sight daily and my heart goes out to each and every one of you as I can see how it has affected my wonderful husband who is 39 years old.


Huge Hugs,



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Welcome Darlin'. I'm sorry for your husband's diagnosis and hope that the treatment route he has chosen works for him. Is he working with a doctor or is a doctor monitoring his health?


I'm sorry I can provide any information on the calluses. But maybe someone else can help.


Please visit us often and keep us up on your husband progress. This disease and its treatment is different for each and everyone of us.


Big Hugs to you both,

Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Nancy,

It's great to have you join our forum and I'm sorry its because your husband has scleroderma.

As it happens, to the best of my knowledge (and I am not a doctor; I have no medical training at all -- and I may be wrong, I often am!), I'm not aware of calluses being a symptom or a part of any type of scleroderma. It's my understanding that they can be caused by many things, including foot problems and poor fitting shoes.

The ideal thing would be for him to consult your family doctor, or a podiatrist (foot doctor) who can tend to the calluses and create a treatment plan for them, including showing him how to properly (and safely) remove the calluses. I happen to prefer leaving a lot of callus intact, because removing it sometimes makes my feet more sensitive.

If by any chance what you are trying to refer to is that your husband's feet are otherwise severely affected by scleroderma (like with the toes hardening and curling, or with patches of morphea scleroderma) then he would absolutely need advice from a scleroderma expert, first of all, since there is no herbal remedy (that I'm aware of yet, at least) proven to treat scleroderma, and it can become quite disabling when it affects the feet. We have a list of Scleroderma Experts that you may want to have your husband consult.

I should say, that you might hear from many people in our forum who have calluses and who also have scleroderma. It is inevitable, since calluses are extremely common; but scleroderma is, thankfully, quite rare.

In any case, it's great to have you here, and I send your husband my best wishes.

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099


The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hi Nancy, yes, I have problem feet. Calluses on several different parts of my feet, the ones on the bottom hurt the most, especially when I am in the shower. I finally went to a podiatrist, who trimmed all of them, didn't hurt and my feet felt pretty good for a couple of weeks. She did recommend some different shoes, but said the ones I was wearing were not all that bad. Went back to her a couple of times and she finally told me to get a dremel, which I did, and take the calluses off by myself. They don't cost much, you need to be careful, she showed me how to use it, so that was my solution. I literally sand my feet every couple of weeks, right after I get out of the shower. I would say go to a podiatrist first, though.

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Hi, Nancy!

I don't have a calluses but I do have a plantar's (sp?) wart between my little toe and the one next to it on my right foot. (it's actually on the toe next to the little toe) I have had it for years and treated it off and on with an over the counter medicine. It would get better, then I'd quit using the medicine and it would get worse again. It could get quite sore at times!

About a year ago, I decided I just had to get serious about treating that wart! I really wanted it gone! So, I followed the directions carefully on the bottle of medicine. After a couple of days of putting on the medicine, I woke up one morning with the toe with the wart swollen about twice it's normal size! It happened that I had an appointment with my rheumatologist the next day, so I showed it to her. She seemed shocked and told me that I should never do that again! I told her I'd been doing it off and on for years and that had never happened before. She said "With Scleroderma, your skin is way too sensitive to be using something like that." (or something to that effect.)

I asked her what I should do about the wart, which made it hard to walk at times. If she answered me, I don't remember the answer. I have just lived with the wart ever since. Usually when it gets really sore, I can pick a little bit off of it and make it easier to walk. I do this right after a shower or bath when the wart is soft. I make sure my hands are clean.

If it were really bothering me, I think I might see a podiatrist, but I would ask my rheumatologist about that first! I would be afraid the podiatrist wouldn't know enough about scleroderma and would injure my foot. I would not expect my foot to heal quickly -- or at all! So, I wouldn't go unless it was REALLY causing me a problem.

I am a big believer in natural healing and so forth. I am almost a vegetarian (working on it!) and I eat a really healthy diet. However, I count on my rheumatologist to help me with this very serious disease and she IS helping me! Until the last few years, I practically took no drugs, even aspirin. But, I have had to face the fact that I can barely function without some of the medicines I am now on.

One thing to keep in mind is that some damage that this disease can cause is likely to be irreversible. Joint damage, for example, may be permanent. However, it seems to be preventable if you treat it in the beginning. I think it's a good idea to see a scleroderma expert and find out your options. It's your choice whether or not to take the doctor's advice. You really wouldn't want to lose the use of your hands or your feet, or allow serious lung problems to go untreated if these things could be treated. Although the calluses probably aren't a result of having scleroderma, your husband, because of the scleroderma, will want to be very careful how he treats the calluses or whom he allows to work on them.

Mary in Texas

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Hello Jerry'swife, well what I do is give myself a foot massage treatment, I have brought stuff from a body shop. I do this once a week and my feet look and feel so good. I even do my husbands because he stands on them all day. They have a whole line of foot care and I use it everyweek. It has soften up my feet tremedously and I just love the way it feels. Well I hope this helps, Sam


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Thanks to all of you for your information. I guess I should have given more info in my initial post.


We have seen several specialist (including Dr. Clements at UCLA) and have a regular Dr. that we see monthly. We have seen the podiatrist and he just trimmed the calluses off but they were back the next week.


I am glad to know that they may not be a side affect of his scleroderma, but it just seems like one thing after another happens to him.


Thanks again for all of your support, if you ever need anyone - please feel free to email me. And keep in mind, that everytime you post something, everyone is reading it and gaining very insightfull information.


I can't tell you how many things I have learned from all of you over the past year and 1/2 that has helped in some way or another.


Our biggest blessing in dealing with disease is that we have two HUGE distractions - 2 year old twin boys that are full on energy. It really really shifts the focus on our problems.


Thanks, thanks, thanks again to all of you!!!!!


Big Hugs



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Hi Jerry's wife,


I have callouses on my feet which are secondary to Raynauds. About 5 years ago I had my 1st Raynaud's attack, which caused a condition called chilblains. My toes get these red marks (I think it's blood) that pools up. They swell, turn red & blister. It got so bad that I couldn't get my shoes on my feet. Now, every winter, the chilblains develop. When they go away, I have hardened skin, which looks like callouses.


Hope you find this info helpful. I think it's great that you are online trying to help your husband. I think it's so important to have a supportive spouse, b/c this whole disease is hard to take at times.


Lots of hugs to both of you!!


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