If you have ever dealt with a foot-related issue, no matter how small, you probably know just how annoying they can be. Due to the location of the foot and the fact that it bears the brunt of your body’s weight, foot problems are quickly magnified and can turn painful overnight. Dealing with corns and calluses early is important to avoid this unfortunate situation. Learn more about corns and calluses at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers with locations in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI.
What is the difference between a callus and a corn?
A corn develops due to pressure placed on one specific area of the foot’s skin. Corns can be hard or soft, usually depending on their location. Soft corns develop mostly between the toes and are softer since they are in a more moist area. Hard corns develop on the top of the toes, normally due to friction caused by shoes rubbing while walking. A callus normally occurs on the bottom of the foot and is generally much bigger than a corn. The callus is a thickened portion of the skin due to that area taking on the body’s weight while walking.
Am I at risk for corns or calluses?
Corns and calluses often develop due to the type of footwear you use. Wearing ill-fitting shoes or shoes which are narrow or high-heeled may put you at a higher risk for corns and calluses. Activities which place repeated pressure onto certain areas of the foot can also cause corns or calluses to develop. This makes runners and other athletes more susceptible to corns and calluses than others. Finally, the type of foot you have can contribute to corn and callus development. Very bony toes or deformities like bunions or hammertoes can also cause corns and calluses.
Callus and Corn Treatments in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI
Your podiatrist will treat your corn or calluses during a regular examination. They may use a scalpel to shave off thin layers of the corn or callus, a process called paring down or suggest that you use a pumice stone regularly to remove dead skin. If you have diabetes, you should not attempt to treat corns and calluses on your own. Prescription chemical treatments can also help treat corns and calluses. Padding sensitive areas of the feet using specialized pads or changing the types of shoes you wear may help quell the development of corns and calluses. Underlying conditions like bunion or hammertoe may require surgery to correct the problem.
For more information on corn and callus treatments, please contact your podiatrists at Benenati Foot Care at one of their three locations in either Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. Call (586) 779-6140 to schedule your appointment at the Saint Clair Shores location, (586) 756-3338 to schedule your appointment at the Warren, MI location, or (586) 416-3668 to schedule an appointment at the Macomb, MI location today!