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Corns and calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to your body's natural defense to repeated pressure or friction. While neither condition presents a long-term or serious health risk, they can be painful, irritating and unattractive.
Identifying a Corn or Callus
Corns and calluses are similar in nature, but differ in size and location. Corns are smaller than calluses and usually have a hard, thickened center surrounded by red, inflamed skin. They typically develop on the tops and sides of your toes and can be painful when touched. Calluses generally develop on your heels and balls of your feet. They vary in size and shape, although almost always larger than corns.
For most people who develop calluses or corns, eliminating the source of pressure is usually enough to make the thickened skin disappear. We recommend the following for treating corns and calluses:
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks. When footwear fits properly, there is less opportunity for friction and rubbing to occur.
- Soak your feet in warm, soapy water to help remove corns and calluses. Rub the thickened skin with a pumice stone to remove toughened layers more easily.
- Keeping your feet moisturized with foot cream or lotion will help improve the quality of your skin and rid your feet from calluses or corns.
When to Seek Care
When corns and calluses don't respond to conservative care, contact our office for a careful evaluation. We can investigate the possible causes of your corn or callus, safely remove the thick, hardened area of skin, and recommend appropriate footwear and treatment, including padding and inserts. Never attempt to cut away a corn or callus on your own, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation. Instead, seek advice for careful removal and proper care.
Don’t let calluses make wearing shoes painful. Here are tips to treat and prevent them.
Something feels a bit uncomfortable when you walk. You finally get home and take off those pesky shoes to see a rough patch of skin on the bottom of your foot. Chances are good you are dealing with a callus. While calluses are usually nothing to worry about for the healthy individual, our Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, podiatrists offer up suggestions for what you can do to treat and prevent calluses in the future.
Treating Your Callus
You’ll be happy to hear that most calluses will go away on their own. However, there is one big thing you need to do to make sure that the callus heals as quickly as possible. You need to prevent the foot from coming into contact with any more friction or pressure. There are many ways you can do this. For one, you can stop wearing shoes that don’t provide enough cushioning and support, as well as wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose. The type of shoes you wear is a major contributor to calluses.
You can also protect this sensitive area of your foot by placing a non-medicated protective pad (e.g. moleskin) over the callus. Why should medicated moleskin pads be avoided? It’s possible for someone to not place the pad properly, which can lead to chemical burns on healthy, non-callused areas of skin. These pads are also not recommended for those with diabetes, poor circulation or nerve damage in their feet. If you have diabetes and develop a callus it’s important that you turn to your Stafford and Lake Ridge foot doctors for the proper treatment (do not try to treat the issue yourself).
If the callus is dry or cracked you can also apply a moisturizer several times throughout the day. To really make sure the moisturizer works its magic, apply it before bedtime and then place your callused feet in socks. If you find that these at-home remedies aren’t getting rid of your callus then it’s time to talk to us about other treatment options such as stronger creams that can get rid of your callus quickly.
Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia is pleased to serve both the Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, areas. If you are dealing with foot pain or other issues then it’s time to turn to us for the TLC your feet need.