Callus And Corns
Calluses and corns are a common foot problem that can cause discomfort and pain in many people. Our podiatrists manage and treat calluses and corns on a regular basis.. Here’s what you need to know about these conditions:
Calluses and corns are caused by repeated friction or pressure on the skin of the foot. Common causes include:
- Ill-fitting shoes: Shoes that are too tight or too loose can cause friction and pressure on the foot.
- Foot deformities: Bunions, hammertoes, and other foot deformities can increase the risk of calluses and corns.
- Occupation: Jobs that require prolonged standing or walking can increase the risk of calluses and corns.
Symptoms of calluses and corns may include:
- Thick, hardened areas of skin on the foot
- Pain or tenderness at the site of the callus or corn
- Flaky, dry skin
Treatment options for calluses and corns depend on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, home remedies such as soaking the foot in warm water and using a pumice stone to gently exfoliate the skin can help reduce the size and thickness of the callus or corn. Other treatment options may include:
- Protective padding: A podiatrist can apply padding to the foot or in footwear to reduce pressure on the affected area.
- Prescription orthotics: Custom-made shoe inserts can help redistribute pressure on the foot and reduce the risk of calluses and corns.
- Salicylic acid: A podiatrist may prescribe a topical cream or ointment containing salicylic acid to help soften and remove the thickened skin.
- Surgical intervention: In severe cases, a podiatrist may recommend surgery to correct any underlying foot deformities that are contributing to the development of calluses and corns.
To prevent calluses and corns, it is important to:
- Wear properly fitting shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning.
- Avoid high-heeled shoes or shoes with pointed toes.
- Use protective padding or orthotics if you have foot deformities.
- Maintain good foot hygiene by keeping feet clean and dry.
If you have concerns about calluses and corns or any other foot or ankle condition, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists. Together, we can develop a personalized treatment and prevention plan to help your individual condition.