Treatments for Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are thick layers of skin that most commonly form on your hands, feet, fingers and toes. When they appear on your feet, it is usually the result of excess friction and pressure created by badly fitting footwear. Calluses, which tend to be bigger than corns, are commonly located on the bottoms of the feet, in the sole or ball area. They feel very rough and hardened, whereas corns are usually much smaller and usually contain a hard center surrounded by tender and swollen skin.
In either case, the treatment options are similar and may consist of the following:
- Padding and protective insoles can provide relief.
- Try pumice stones or emery boards to help safely remove dead skin.
- As much as possible, try to decrease the repetitive action that may have caused them.
- Avoid tight footwear that creates excess pressure, or loose fitting shoes that may cause rubbing and irritation.
- Wear socks with your shoes and sandals as much as possible to decrease excess friction.
- Application of salicylic acid liquid or patches may be used to help dissolve the hardened skin.
- Soaking the skin prior to acid application makes these removal methods more effective.
Individuals with diabetes, foot deformities, or other health problems that can cause decreased blood flow or numbness, need to be very careful when attempting to remove corns and calluses. It is always best to consult with a podiatrist before attempting any treatment on your own to help avoid any complications that may be caused by excessive bleeding or infection. Even a small cut can quickly turn into a serious issue that could even lead to amputation.
If you need assistance caring for your corns and calluses, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!