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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.
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. Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC recommends 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 from Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC
When corns and calluses don't respond to conservative care, contact our Mountain Home 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 from Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC for careful removal and proper care.