Helomas are benign areas of thickening of the epidermis (skin). They are often found overlying an area of excessive pressure caused by an enlargement of bone, most commonly on the top, or between the toes and on the ball of the foot.

Symptoms of Helomas

Helomas are typically not painful, but can become so if they become too thick and hard.

How are Helomas treated?

  • Reduce pressure and friction by wearing proper fitting shoes
  • Filing with pumice stone or emery board
  • Application of urea-based creams
  • Application of pads to reduce pressure
  • Surgery to remove bone enlargement
  • Avoid medicated pads that contain an acid, which can cause more pain.