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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.
If left untreated, painful problems with your feet can quickly cause you to feel irritated and annoyed with not being able to perform your daily tasks. However, you can treat most problems, such as hammertoes and the corns associated with them, with help from your podiatrist. Learn more about these conditions and more with your doctors at Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia with offices in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA.
What is a hammertoe?
A hammertoe occurs when muscle imbalance in the toe causes it to become curled, resembling the claw side of a hammer. This deformity may come from genetics, which puts you at a higher risk of developing hammertoe, injury to the toe, wearing ill-fitting shoes or arthritis. Hammertoes can cause pain, irritation and swelling of the toe.
What is a corn?
A corn is an area of thickened skin located on the foot or toe. The patch may look like a bump on the skin and may be flaky or dry. The corn may become irritated, painful or tender over time. Corns normally develop in areas of the foot where there is excess pressure or friction due to wearing ill-fitting shoes or from other conditions affecting the foot.
How are hammertoes and corns related?
Hammertoe causes the toe to curl unnaturally, which, in turn, causes it to rub against the top of your shoe. This rubbing action causes a corn to form on the top of the toe where it hits the shoe. This causes a new condition on top of the hammertoe, causing additional pain, swelling or irritation.
Hammertoe and Corn Treatments in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA
If you think you suffer from hammertoes or corns, you should consult with your podiatrist. Your doctor will begin with a physical examination to confirm your condition. If necessary, they may use x-rays or MRIs to draw further conclusions about your hammertoe. After confirming you are suffering from hammertoes, your doctor will begin determining your treatment plan. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy, switching the type of shoes you normally wear or surgery to correct your hammertoe.
For more information on hammertoes and corns, please contact Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, serving both the Lake Ridge, VA and Stafford, VA areas. Call to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!