Corns and calluses are caused by your skin’s reaction to friction and pressure. This is often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Athletes and runners are more likely to develop corns and calluses due to the increased pressure and stress from repetitive movements. Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet is more likely to develop problems with reactive skin conditions like corns and calluses.
The difference between calluses and corns:
Calluses—These are thicker and larger than corns, and tend to appear on the heel or ball of the foot where the majority of the pressure is felt from walking and exercising.
Corns—These are most likely to develop when your toes rub together or where pressure from poorly fitting shoes causes rubbing. A corn will frequently develop on the top of a hammertoe that pushes the toe against your footwear.
2 of the conservative treatments for corns and calluses include:
- Pads and orthotic inserts—Special pads can be placed over a corn to isolate it and help prevent rubbing on the inside of your shoes. Custom orthotic inserts can help redistribute weight and pressure away from painful corns and calluses.
- Warm soaks and skin removal—Use warm, soapy water and soak your feet to help soften skin. You can then use a file or emery board to gently rub away the dead skin. Carefully dry your feet and apply moisturizing cream to speed the smoothing process.
For thick and brittle calluses, heel fissures, and corns that become inflamed or infected, surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing complications with difficult corns and calluses, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!