A callus (tyloma) is a thickening of the skin that occurs in response to excessive, repeated shear or friction forces, commonly due to constant rubbing of the skin. Avoidance of the repetitive forces causing calluses, such as altering shoe style, is the best method of prevention. Calluses do not require medical intervention, but seek evaluation if they become bothersome.
Calluses are formed on the skin where constant friction is applied for an extended period of time. Regular activities such as weightlifting in the gym, playing the guitar, walking in uncomfortable shoes, carrying shopping bags, gardening work, or simply just writing with a pen for extended periods can cause calluses to develop. Apply a plastic bag or gloves over your hands or feet immediately after the cream is applied to trap in the moisture and enhance the healing of the skin. Calluses are similar to corns, but calluses occur when abnormal forces are exerted over a larger area. Some people will be able to finish their workout with ripped hands and some will need to stop and address the problem immediately.


When your wound is dry you might consider putting some more liquid bandage on it especially if you are going to use the hand for anything or you can also apply a light guaze wrap. Typically, you’ll find calluses on the sole of your feet and palms of your hands where the skin is most exposed to rubbing. Certain deformities of the feet, such as crookedness of the toes, may predispose to the development of calluses. While calluses are a layer of protection and a testament to hard work, excessive calluses can be troublesome and lead to injury. You want to keep your hands moist because the frequent washing and use of chalk will dry them out and when dry skin cracks it is painful.
In the evening, put some antibiotic ointment on the wound and cover your hand with a glove or a sock to keep the ointment from getting everywhere. I learned how to make these from the guys at CrossFit Marin and I think they are the cheapest and most effective way to train with torn calluses. For example, when doing high repetitions of pullups the excess skin can grind between the bar and the hand and eventually tear away.


If you are really hardcore then just pour a fistful of salt into your hand and hold it for a while. However, sometimes competition and personal factors makes it necessary for athletes to train or compete with an injured hand. We have all tried to simply wrap tape around our hands and had it bunch up and make a mess. Or, shoe pads that go inside your shoes should be used to help relieve the pressure so foot calluses can heal.
So it is in our best interest to keep our calluses smooth and shaved down to avoid further complications. This technique will keep your hands safe and allow you to train even with the gnarliest of torn calluses.



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