Calluses also provide fresh temptation for the compulsive picker to dig in anew each time the callus forms. This is one aspect of the cause/effect spiral that habitual pickers feel trapped in — shame is another.
This is not to say that calluses aren’t useful in their own right. Callused skin — especially on the hands and feet — can be essential to certain repetitive activities:
- Playing stringed instruments (e.g. guitar, violin) develops calluses on the finger pads, which are essential for stamina
- Playing percussion or drums develops callused hands — where the sticks are gripped
- Dancers benefit from callused feet by being able to perform turns with less difficulty
- Certain repetitive manual tasks (e.g. playing video games, operating a lathe) require callused hands to perform without constant blistering or discomfort
The typical treatments to remove calluses are:
- Shaving them down with a pumice stone
- Treating with a topical solution, such as Salicylic acid
- Insulating the callused skin — the feet for instance — from the source of the repetitive friction causing the callus. The callus eventually goes away.
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