Hard Skin

Thick hard skin is just that; an area of skin that is thicker than usual and has become hard as a result. It is often yellowish in colour and can affect many parts of the foot such as the ball of foot, the heel and the toes.

Thick hard skin develops when there is excess force on the feet such as pressure or friction – the body tries to protect itself from the pressure and friction by building up extra layers of skin.

It is not always necessary to treat thick, hard skin but many people find that they do not like the way it looks and sometimes it can be uncomfortable. To stop thick hard skin from coming back you should try to work out what is causing the pressure and friction – a podiatrist can help you with this – and remove the cause.

What is thick hard skin?

Thick hard skin is just what the name suggests – it is the build up of thicker layers of skin that have become hard. These areas of thicker skin are less flexible than normal skin; they can be yellowish in colour and sometimes can be quite uncomfortable.

What is the difference between thick hard skin and a callus?

The medical term for thick hard skin is callus, so there is no difference between the two. However, while your doctor or podiatrist, may not think there is any difference between thick hard skin and callus, the words might conjure up quite different images in your mind.

When you talk about “thick, hard skin” you are more likely to be referring to skin that covers larger areas across the ball of foot or heel or specific areas on the toes. When you talk about “callus” you are more likely to be referring to a defined plaque, often found on the ball of the foot.


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