Corn and Callus Removal
Irritating Foot Problems: Corns and Calluses
When the feet are repeatedly exposed to pressure, most often caused by poor-fitting shoes or an inherited structural defect, irritating, unsightly and painful foot conditions, such as corns and calluses can form. Preventing the pressure that is causing the friction is key to avoiding and alleviating the symptoms that accompany calluses, corns and bunions. Generally simple at-home care and modifications of footwear can effectively treat and eliminate the pressure that is causing your foot problems. But when these treatments fail, it’s best to visit your podiatrist for professional care.
Corns and Calluses
While calluses and corns don’t generally present long-term or serious health risks, these two very common foot conditions can be irritating, painful and unattractive.
Corns and calluses form as the body’s natural defense to protect the foot from pressure points caused by tight-fitting shoes or repeated rubbing. Both conditions are caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells that form thick, hardened areas on the foot. The main difference between the two is where they form. A corn generally forms near a bony area of a toe or between toes, while a callus usually forms on the balls of the feet or the heel.
To stop the pressure that is causing the thick areas of skin to accumulate, find a supporting shoe that has a wide toe box. Over-the-counter items such as pads, creams and pumice stones can also be helpful for reducing the skin build-up. If corns and calluses persist, talk to your podiatrist about other treatment options. If you have diabetes or other conditions that cause circulatory problems or numbness, talk to your podiatrist before trying any treatment for calluses or corns, and never try to cut the skin away on your own.