Thickened Skin on The Sole of The Foot Symptoms & Causes

Understand thickened skin on the sole of the foot symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

  1. 4 Possible Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

4 Possible Thickened Skin On The Sole Of The Foot Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced thickened skin on the sole of the foot. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Callus

A callus is a hard, thick layer of skin that develops when the skin experiences lots of friction and pressure. A callus may cause discomfort, but is of no big concern.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: thickened skin on the foot, thickened skin on the foot with visible lines

Symptoms that always occur with callus: thickened skin on the foot with visible lines

Urgency: Wait and watch

Irritant contact dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis means a skin reaction that is caused by directly touching an irritating substance, and not by an infectious agent such as a bacteria or virus.

Common causes are soap, bleach, cleaning agents, chemicals, and even water. Almost any substance can cause it with prolonged exposure. Contact dermatitis is not contagious.

Anyone who works with an irritating substance can contract the condition. Mechanics, beauticians, housekeepers, restaurant workers, and health care providers are all susceptible.

Symptoms include skin that feels swollen, stiff, and dry, and becomes cracked and blistered with painful open sores.

A medical provider can give the best advice on how to heal the skin and avoid further irritation. Self-treatment can make the problem worse if the wrong creams or ointments are used.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, to find out what substances the patient comes into contact with, and through physical examination of the damaged skin.

Treatment involves avoiding the irritating substance if possible. Otherwise, the person can use petroleum jelly on the hands underneath cotton and then rubber gloves.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash

Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis: rash with well-defined border

Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis: fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes

Urgency: Self-treatment

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Plantar wart

Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet. They can be very painful. Many of them on the foot may cause problems walking or running. Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), and can be picked up by walking barefoot in public places, especially pools.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: pain in the sole of the foot, thickened skin on the foot, thickened skin on the foot without visible lines, skin thickening resembling a plantar wart, rash

Symptoms that always occur with plantar wart: skin thickening resembling a plantar wart, thickened skin on the foot, thickened skin on the foot without visible lines

Urgency: Self-treatment

Acromegaly

In general, acromegaly is the overgrowth of tissues around the body caused by an excess of growth hormone and Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1). In almost all cases, this overgrowth is caused by the pituitary gland's overproduction of these hormones. A resulting, often benign, tumor, called an adenoma, i...

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Real-life Stories

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Submitted Stories

Wrist and head pain

Female 68 years old. Addisons, diabetic, hypothyroidism, necrosis in both hips, neuropathy in feet, hypopituitarism. Last night my right wrist began to hurt enough to get my attention. It hurt for maybe 30 to 40 minutes. Then it shot up the inside of my right arm under my armpit to my shoulder and hurt for an hour. Then the right side of my head started hurting in a specific area. I did not move and hardly breathed for the pain was excruciating. 9 hours later it stopped. What happened to me??

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Thickened Skin On The Sole Of The Foot

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you run for exercise or sport?
  • Do the skin's natural lines go through the thickened skin?
  • Do you have flat feet?
  • Do you have high arches?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Thickened Skin On The Sole Of The Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced thickened skin on the sole of the foot have also experienced:

  • 13% Foot Peeling
  • 9% Dry Skin
  • 9% Foot/Toe Itch

People who have experienced thickened skin on the sole of the foot were most often matched with:

  • 50% Irritant Contact Dermatitis
  • 50% Plantar Wart

People who have experienced thickened skin on the sole of the foot had symptoms persist for:

  • 76% Over a month
  • 6% Two weeks to a month
  • 6% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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