Corns and calluses are your body’s response to friction. This can be friction from your shoes rubbing your toes (corns) or your foot rubbing the ground or the bottom of your shoe (calluses). In any case, corns and calluses are a thickening of the skin in response to this friction.
What are Corns and Calluses?
Corns and calluses are common foot conditions characterized by thickened and hardened skin. They develop as a protective response to repeated friction or pressure on the skin.
Causes of Corns and Calluses
The primary cause of corns and calluses is excessive pressure or friction on specific areas of the feet. Ill-fitting shoes, abnormal foot structure, and repetitive activities can contribute to their development.
Importance of Seeking Treatment
While corns and calluses may seem harmless, they can cause pain, discomfort, and even lead to complications if left untreated. Seeking professional treatment can alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications.
Symptoms of Corns and Calluses
Pain and Discomfort
Corns and calluses can cause pain and discomfort, especially when walking or wearing tight shoes. The pressure on the affected areas can lead to aching or sharp pain.
Thickened and Hardened Skin
The affected skin becomes thickened and hardened, forming a raised bump or patch. Corns often have a central core, while calluses are more diffuse.
Well Fitting Footwear
NON-medicated Padding and Cushions
Custom orthotics (prescription fitted supports made specifically for your individual problems)
Kerytolytic medications to break down the thickened skin.
Professional debridement or trimming to maintain comfort.
Corn Removal Surgery
In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, corn removal surgery may be recommended. This procedure involves the surgical removal of the corn, providing long-lasting relief.
Callus Removal Surgery
For severe or recurrent calluses, callus removal surgery may be necessary. The procedure involves removing the thickened skin and addressing the underlying cause to prevent future callus formation.