Corns And Calluses Can Be Extremely Painful For Your Feet!

Feet corns and calluses are thickening of the skin on the feet that become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure or friction (rubbing) on the skin.

Feet corns and calluses can be painlessly removed and advice can be given to prevent further reoccurrences.

“After treatment feel like you are walking on air”

Calluses

Calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that are generally not painful and don’t require treatment unless they are uncomfortable, painful, or limit your ability to comfortably wear shoes. This hardened skin is the body’s way of protecting itself from diffuse pressure or friction. Poorly fitted or worn footwear are a common cause. Some people with dry skin are predisposed to developing callus.

Home treatment includes soaking the foot in warm water to soften the callus, followed by gently buffing the skin with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin. Take great care if you opt to use this method. Rubbing too aggressively with the pumice stone may cause the callus to bleed and an infection can develop.

Under no circumstances should you try to cut the callus off by yourself. Improper techniques can result in cuts and bacterial infection. If the callus is persistent, visit your podiatrist for proper callus removal or reduction. The podiatrist can also provide advice to reduce the onset of callus formation in the future.

 

Corns

Clinically known as Heloma Durum, corns are common foot conditions that occur from repeated focal pressure on the foot, such as rubbing of the skin against a shoe, wearing no socks with shoes, or foot deformities. Women are more likely to develop corns due to wearing high heels and less supportive footwear then men.

Corns come in three different forms: hard corns, soft corns, and seed corns. Hard corns look like a compressed patch of hard skin with a dense core and are often present on the bottom, top or sides of the feet. Soft corns tend to be found between the toes. Seed corns develop on the heel or ball of the foot. All corns can be painful. Other symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Hard patch of skin  (hard corns)
  • Thin skin with smooth center (soft corns)
  • Circle of dead skin (seed corns)

Corns can be cured by removing the force which is causing it. Improved footwear choices are the first step in alleviating them. Deflective padding and digital corn devices are also indicated for treatment. Over the counter corn pads with medication are available but be wary; the salicylic acid on the corn pad may cause a chemical skin burn and an infection. These are definitely to be avoided by those with diabetes. Your podiatrist can identify the cause of the corn and remove it painlessly.

Common corn/ callus causes

  • Tight or poor fitting shoes.
  • Deformities of the feet such as hammer or claw toes, which lead to the skin rubbing more easily inside shoes.
  • Excessive running or walking