Now you know about some of the most common forms of calluses, you’re probably wondering if there is anything you can do to avoid them. The good news is that you can take several easy steps to give yourself the best chance of preventing calluses from breaking out on your skin.
Wearing well-fitting shoes
As we saw above, shoes that are either too big or too small can cause friction and lead to calluses developing. Establish what size feet you have and buy good quality shoes that fit your feet. This may involve getting shoes with wider toes to avoid friction.
Taking regular breaks when standing or engaging in repetitive motions
You may passionately love playing your instrument or favourite sport, but you must give your skin time to recover. Take regular breaks and try not to overdo it. If you notice a callus developing, cover it using plasters or other forms of callus protection.
Calluses are more likely to develop when the skin is dry, as cells are harder to break down and shed, building up into calluses. That’s why it is so important to moisturise regularly. It does not have to be a specific hand or foot cream, but using those may be more effective. As well as using creams and ointments, soaking your hands or feet in warm water for ten minutes will also help to rehydrate cells and break down calluses.