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Plantar heloma, rooster's eye and dorsal heloma. What are they, how to treat them and how to prevent them

Popularly known as "Calluses", the plantar helomas, “rooster eyes” and dorsal helomas are a very frequent pathology in the feet, but Do you know everything about a plantar heloma? Do you know how they can be treated and eliminated?





Plantar helomas are a localized hyperkeratosis, that is, a lesion with well-defined borders that grows into deeper layers of the skin of the foot, unlike the hardness which are more superficial.




  • They have a shaperounded"
  • Coloration dark
  • sharp edges
  • They are usually covered with dead, scaly cells (hardness) yellowish
  • They are generally painful or bothersome, depending on the area and depth




Several types of helomas according to the area of the foot where they appear. Some are caused by excess friction between skin and footwear and others by pressure between the bones of the fingers:



They are located in the sole of the foot. They usually generate pain when rubbing or walking, since it gives the sensation as if we stepped on a "nail" in each step we take.


plantar heloma (after enucleation)



They are located in the top of fingers due to the friction they suffer with footwear. They are common in people suffering from pathologies such as claw, hammer, or mallet toes.


Dorsal heloma on fifth finger



In this case the friction and pressure is produced by the rubbing of the finger bones. This lesion is most often located between the fourth and fifth fingers.


Interdigital heloma or “crow's eye” between the fourth and fifth fingers



They are in the soft part that joins two toes. It is usually painful and appears more frequently between the fourth and fifth fingers.


Heloma of the fornix between the fourth and fifth fingers





Each person distributes the weight of our body and supports us differently. Discover in the next point "Treatments" what to do in this case.


If this bad tread is not corrected, injuries such as calluses, calluses and bruises will always appear in the same places.



Moisturize the skin of the feet daily with specific creams (as the U20 by Podoactiva), will be key to preventing these problems.


In the post “Dry or cracked heels” We tell you everything to recover its elasticity and softness.



Shoes or slippers that press the balls of the feet inside will cause greater friction and friction in each step. Must avoid narrow ends and heeled shoes. The socks are perfect as a protective barrier between the skin and the shoe. Don't forget to put them on correctly (no wrinkles)!



feet with Juanetesclaw, mallet or hammer toes are prone to these plantar hyperkeratosis.





A professional will be the one to determine the origin of the injury, since on many occasions there are pathologies that, due to ignorance of the population, can be confused with each other.


For example, if we treat at home a plantar wart (caused by the Human Papillomavirus) as if it were a heloma, We worsen the situation and spread the infection, since they are two pathologies that are treated differently.


Although many people think otherwise, the callus removal treatment is painless for the patient.


The most frequent treatments are:



In this podiatric treatment, the delamination It will be essential to eliminate the set of dead cells of the most superficial skin, commonly called hyperkeratosis or calluses.


After delamination, the professional will delve into deeper layers of the skin to be able to treat the heloma. Thanks to specific instruments of the podiatrist, the heloma enucleation, that is, deep retreat.




This analysis of the footprint will allow the podiatrist to know the patient's highest pressure points. Depending on the result, some custom templates will help to rebalance the pressures and will be able to selectively unload those points of maximum pressure of the foot to prevent the appearance of plantar hyperkeratosis in the short and long term.




this chemical does not eliminate the cause of the problem, but generates a wound and burn on the skin that aggravates the situation.


Patient with macerated and burned skin due to the use of callicides

A treatment would also be surgery, but it will always be the last option, unless the specialist determines otherwise.





Proper hygiene It will protect both the skin and the toenails from infections. In addition, it is essential drying after the shower, placing more emphasis between the fingers.



Apply daily, before bed, specific creams for the feetLike U20 Podoactive cream, will stop the appearance of many lesions on the skin.


Podoactiva foot cream



It is very important that the footwear is comfortable and wide fit so that the foot is not pressed inside. It's advisable don't abuse them heeled shoes.


Many people wear the same shoes every day for months, so It is recommended to insert the footwear. In this way the foot can "rest" and friction and pressure will not always occur in the same areas.




This stone helps us peel off dead skin that accumulates on the superficial skin of the foot, in order to prevent the appearance of hardness. In the article "Pumice. 6 tips to use it on your feet correctly” we tell you all about it.


The pumice stone is not a treatment, it is simply a supplement.



Visiting the podiatrist regularly will help us to have our feet always ready.


Podoactiva chiropody room


In short, although helomas are a very frequent problem among the population, not for that we should downplay it.


They are not serious, but when these lesions appear on the feet they are indicating that something is wrong (be it the shoes, the way of walking, etc.)





57-year-old patient with diabetes, with a history of more than 10 years of evolution. As background, it should be noted that the patient has already suffered ulceration in the foot years ago, due to his poor control of the disease.



He goes to the consultation referring that a month ago he was walking with some too tight shoes, which caused in his right foot a scratch on the 5th toe by the back area. A few days later, a wound appeared in the area of ​​the chafing and, monitoring it, he realized that the injury was getting worse. He finally decided to see a podiatrist.


The patient tells the professional that she has been applying betadin in the wound as an antiseptic measure to prevent infection. Upon inspection of the finger, a increased temperature and redness which may signify an underlying infection. The podiatrist decides to perform a radiography of the finger to see possible bone damage and involvement of the cortical bone (layer that covers the bone).


In turn, it performs test “probing to bone” consisting of the introduction of a sterile, blunt-tipped instrument through the ulcer. The test result is considered positive if bone is seen or touched with the instrument. In the case of the patient, said test was negative and apparently there was no communication between the wound and the bone.



The radiograph shows a good external state of the bone, but a possible start of internal infection. For this reason, a treatment oral antibiotic. In addition, cures are performed with felts and specific dressings, plus epithelial renegation drugs (skin scarring) with a frequency of 48-72 hours. It is also recommended that the patient wear wide orthopedic shoes during cures treatment.




It is observed a positive evolution considerable, so the treatment is continued.



The treatment continues to evolve correctly.



The evolution has been very positive and it is decided change cures to washes with serum and betadine, continuing with specific felts and orthopedic shoes with a special width.



He is discharged and given some tips so that you take into account as a patient with diabetic foot risk.



It is very important podiatric control frequent in patients suffering from diabetes, since at the neurological and vascular level they can present alterations that must be detected early to avoid this way ulcers or infections that may pose a serious risk to your patient's health.


Do you think you can have a heloma? At Podoactiva we can help you. Consult your nearest Podoactiva clinic HERE or contact us at 974 231 280 or through info@podoactiva.com.

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  • Marce
    Posted at 01:51 a.m., April 15 Reply

    I love this post very much
    I love this post very much

  • Margarita
    Posted at 01: 57h, 21 November Reply

    Hi, I'm a podiatrist.
    Hi, as a podiatrist... I get a lot of people with this heloma problem.

  • Mariella
    Posted at 13: 55h, 21 December Reply

    Hello Margarita, I would like to know
    Hi Margarita, I would like to know if you could tell me where the templates are made, my husband has a problem with helona, ​​please help me find a place to have the templates made, thanks

    • partners
      Posted at 16: 42h, 21 December Reply

      Good morning Mariella. In this
      Good morning Mariella. In this link you can find your nearest clinic to be able to make personalized templates: http://www.podoactiva.com/es/clinicas-y-centros. Thanks for writing to us. All the best.

  • Adriana
    Posted at 23: 13h, 23 November Reply

    I have heard that the Helomas
    I have heard that Helomas have a root that can be pulled out. If so, who does this job?

    • partners
      Posted at 11: 08h, 04 December Reply

      Good morning Adriana, The
      Good morning Adriana, the podiatrist is the specialist in charge of removing helomas. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write to us or call us at 902 365 099. Greetings and thank you very much.

  • Francisco
    Posted at 20:11 a.m., February 12 Reply

    My son studies dance and
    My son studies dance and one appeared to him; We have gone many times to treat it with a podiatrist but it comes back... surgery is necessary... which specialist do I go to...

    • partners
      Posted at 13:20 a.m., February 13 Reply

      Good morning Francis. For
      Good morning Francis. To locate the origin of the pain you are suffering, it would be recommended that one of our experts in podiatry and biomechanics see your case in consultation and make the appropriate diagnosis based on what you are telling us, since here we cannot specify more about the pathology. If you wish, you can find your nearest Podoactiva clinic and all the contact information (phone, address...) at the following link: https://goo.gl/4H2V0d A greeting.

  • Rafael Ponzo Reyes
    Posted at 11: 08h, 18 August Reply

    I have a plantar heloma
    I have a plantar heloma for many years. I have thousands of insoles and they do nothing for me, I am desperate with the pain, I go to the podiatrist and I am fine for a week, is there any other solution. Thank you and greetings.

    • partners
      Posted at 16: 43h, 20 August Reply

      Good afternoon Raphael. Thanks

      Good afternoon Raphael. Thanks for writing to us. Are the templates that you tell us in the comment Podoactiva custom templates? Or are they generic that you have purchased elsewhere? If they are Podoactiva, do not hesitate to call the Podoactiva podiatrist who has seen you on other occasions to check them and solve it. If the insoles you use are not personalized Podoactiva, you can visit us so that we can carry out a biomechanical study of your footprint and personalized Podoactiva insoles to treat the helomas that you tell us about. If you wish, in the link below there is a map where you can find your nearest Podoactiva clinic, as well as all the contact information for each one: https://goo.gl/GP8Lsj. A greeting

  • Sabrina Boyle
    Posted at 01: 37h, 18 November Reply


    • partners
      Posted at 10: 25h, 18 November Reply

      Thank you Sabrina!

    Posted at 06: 28h, 24 December Reply

    Helomas and hyperkeratoses are the same? Is there something different or is it the names?
    Thanks for replying in advance.

    • partners
      Posted at 17:35 a.m., January 11 Reply

      Good afternoon Miracles. A heloma is not exactly the same as a hyperkeratosis.
      A heloma is known as a "plantar nail." The sensation in the foot is as if we had a nail or a thorn in the foot. However, a hyperkeratosis is a more general term that corresponds to an excess of pressure in a certain area. It is advisable to visit a podiatrist in consultation to perform a chiropody or other treatment to solve the problem.
      If you want, you can contact us by calling us at +34 974 231 280 or through WhatsApp at the number +34 635 368 675.
      Thank you very much and best regards.

  • Alexander
    Posted at 01:27 a.m., April 28 Reply

    Hello, I just got three plantar helomas after walking many kilometers without rest (military), and the boots did not help me at all because of how rigid they are, I really do not know how to treat it and going to a podiatrist is not possible, there is some way to get rid of them without any treatment?

    • partners
      Posted at 11:08 p.m., May 17 Reply

      Good morning Alexander. Thanks for his interest! The solution is enucleation or surgery to remove the helomas treating the deformity that causes them. Therefore, we advise you to visit an expert as soon as possible. If you want, you can contact us by calling us at +34 974 231 280 or through WhatsApp at the number +34 635 368 675.
      Thank you very much and best regards.

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