Heel Calluses

What Causes Heel Calluses?

Heel calluses can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose heel calluses, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "heel calluses" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • EFA Need
  • Vitamin A Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
brittle fingernails
aspirin is effective pain reliever
severe shoulder tightness
frequent infections
history of adult acne
hydrogenated fat consumption
reduced sense of smell
sun-induced headaches
having had a small bowel resection
cracked skin
type 2 diabetes IDD
bumps on backs of arms
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of heel calluses:
Cause Probability Status
EFA Need 98% Confirm
Vitamin A Need 66% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Skin-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about heel calluses:
Do you have calluses on your heels and, if so, are they cracked?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Light callus without significant cracking
→ Light callus with cracking
→ Thick callus without significant cracking
→ Thick callus with cracking
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate thin uncracked heel calluses, thin cracked heel calluses, thick uncracked heel calluses or thick cracked heel calluses, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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