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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.
What your podiatrist in Fairfax wants you to know
It’s common to have calluses on your feet. A callus is caused by repeated long-term friction from things like your shoes rubbing against your feet. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about whether you should shave calluses, cut them off, or just leave them alone. Dr. Steven Vetter at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA wants to separate fact from fiction when it comes to taking care of your calluses.
Calluses can occur on your heel, big toe and the ball of your foot. Sometimes you won’t feel anything from a callus, but, in some instances, you may feel sharp or tingling nerve pain and pressure.
It’s important to remember never to cut your calluses off or shave them. You may injure the tissue of your feet by cutting too far down into the skin. You can also get an infection from cutting too deeply into your skin.
Instead of cutting your calluses off or trying to shave them, you can try:
- Soaking your feet to soften the calluses
- Using a pumice stone to scrub the calluses and remove dead skin
- Using moisturizing cream or lotion to keep your feet moisturized
- Wearing more supportive footwear instead of flip flops, sandals or high heels
- Wearing thick, comfortable, breathable socks
- Wearing shoe inserts to reduce or eliminate friction
For large, stubborn calluses, it’s best to visit your podiatrist in Fairfax. Dr. Vetter may suggest:
- Custom shoe inserts or custom footwear
- Surgical removal of bone spurs or growths that are causing your calluses
- Surgical removal of the calluses
- Medicated patches to control callus formation
- Cortisone injections around the callus to reduce swelling
Be careful when you are treating calluses at home. Over-the-counter callus treatments containing salicylic acid and other chemicals can cause chemical burns on your feet. The best way to treat calluses is to visit your podiatrist. Dr. Vetter can develop a custom treatment plan to remove calluses and keep them from recurring.
If you have calluses, visit an expert. Call Dr. Vetter at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA. Don’t let annoying calluses keep you off of your feet! Call today!