Posts for: November, 2020

By Dr. Eric Arp
November 20, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corns   Calluses  

Would you like to get rid of your corns and calluses? Although home treatment is often effective, stubborn corns and calluses may need to be removed by your Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic.


How corns and calluses form

Constant pressure or friction against your foot prompts causes both corns and calluses. Your body tries to protect the tender area by thickening the skin. Corns are raised bumps that can contain a hard or softcore, while calluses are flat areas of rough or thick skin.


Wearing tight shoes is a common cause of both corns and calluses. You may also develop them if you wear shoes that allow your foot to move around too much or wear socks that don't fit well or have thick seams. Corns and calluses may also form if you have a foot condition, like hammertoes or bunions, that causes your feet or toes to rub against your shoes.


Treating corns and calluses

These treatments and strategies can be helpful if you have a corn or callus:

  • Applying Pads: Adhesive pads cushion corns and calluses, decreasing friction and pain. Some types of pads may include medication that gradually removes corns.
  • Using a Pumice Stone: You may want to try removing your corns and calluses with a pumice stone or emery board. Before removal, soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes to soften the skin. Remove a small amount of skin every day. Never remove so much skin that your foot bleeds.
  • A Change in Footwear: Throw out uncomfortable socks, and stop wearing shoes that rub against your feet. Try not to wear the same pair or style of shoes every day.

Don't try home treatments if you have diabetes. High blood sugar levels interfere with healing and can increase your risk of infection. Ask your foot doctor in Harrison and Mountain Home to remove your corns and calluses instead. Never shave corns or calluses, even if you don't have diabetes. You may accidentally remove too much skin with the blade and develop an infection.


If your corns and calluses don't respond to home treatment, your podiatrist can remove them by safely trimming the extra skin or prescribing skin patches that gradually remove the thickened skin. Orthotics may help you avoid corns and calluses in the future. The prescription shoe inserts prevent excess foot motion, keep your feet properly aligned and cushion your feet, reducing pressure.


Need to get rid of a few corns and calluses? Make an appointment with your podiatrist in Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, Dr. Eric Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic. Schedule your visit by calling (870) 365-3668 for the Harrison, AR, office, or (870) 425-7363 for the Mountain Home, AR, office.

By Dr. Eric Arp
November 16, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  

Wondering why turning to your podiatrist for shoe inserts is the best option for your feet?

Do you find yourself dealing with sore, aching feet whenever you stand, walk or run? While feet, just like the rest of your body, need a break from all the heavy lifting there could also be underlying problems such as flat feet or extremely high arches that could also lead to further problems if you aren’t careful. One way to improve the biomechanics of the feet and to prevent overworked, overtired peds is by turning to our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist Dr. Eric Arp for custom orthotics.

Custom orthotics are individualized to your needs

You may currently be using shoe inserts that you purchased from the local drugstore. While these inserts may take some of the pressure off your feet, this one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t really address your specific underlying problems. In fact, some people may find that these commercial shoe inserts cause further issues. By turning to our foot doctors for custom orthotics you can trust that these devices will effectively and efficiently support your foot and target any specific problems you’re dealing with.

Custom orthotics could prevent problems

While many people turn to us for custom orthotics because they are already dealing with foot pain or other problems, this doesn’t mean that people can’t still benefit from these custom-made shoe inserts even if they aren’t currently dealing with foot issues. In fact, this simple device may be all you need to prevent sore, achy feet and future injuries in the first place.

Custom orthotics improve how your feet function

People can have structural foot abnormalities but never even realize it; however, over time, these structural abnormalities can make it difficult for the foot to function properly, which in turn can lead to swelling, stiffness, pain and injury. Custom orthotics redistribute weight evenly among the foot to prevent pain points and to also absorb some of the shocks from walking or running.

Custom orthotics can improve your game

Are you an athlete? If so, then custom orthotics could be a game-changer. When feet aren’t properly aligned this can affect alignment in the ankles, legs, hips and back. Once the feet are thrown off whack it’s more common to deal with ankle, hip and back problems. Luckily, custom orthotics can help realign the foot and also provide feet with ample cushioning and support to make sprinting, jumping and turning even easier.

Custom orthotics can improve certain health conditions

If you are living with chronic health problems such as diabetes or osteoarthritis you understand the importance of finding ways to manage your condition and prevent complications. Since feet are often impacted by some of these more common chronic conditions, getting orthotics could alleviate your discomfort and improve mobility.

The podiatrists of ARP Foot and Ankle Clinic at our Harrison or Mountain Home clinic locations are dedicated to providing you with top-of-the-line, custom orthotics, as well as a wide range of other foot and ankle treatments to prevent foot pain and other issues. If you want to get customized orthotics call our office in Harrison, AR at (870) 365-3668 or in Mountain Home, AR at (870) 425-7363.