Corns and Callus
How do you get it?
Do you have a Corn and/or Callus? Our Podiatrists can help. A callus generally refers to a more diffuse thickening of the skin (common on the ball of the foot) whereas a corn is a deeper and more focal formation of hard skin (more common on the toes). A corn can form under a callused area.
Corns and calluses are common skin conditions that develop on the feet due to repeated friction or pressure. They often form as a protective response by the skin to prevent injury or irritation. While they are not typically serious medical issues, they can cause discomfort or pain, especially when they become thick or extensive.
If your corns and callus are causing you pain, you may need to book a Nail & Skin Appointment. Your Podiatrist will give a proper assessment to determine the cause of the corn and/or callus. They will debride the hard skin, which is painless and gives immediate relief. Our Podiatrists will also give you advice on proper fitting footwear and may prescribe the use of orthotics to relieve pressure under the foot.
Too much pressure can be caused by:
- footwear that is too tight
- toe deformities
- bony prominences
- biomechanical or gait abnormalities
Treatment and prevention for corns and calluses:
- Proper Footwear: Choose well-fitting, comfortable shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning. Avoid tight or ill-fitting shoes that can cause friction and pressure.
- Orthotic Inserts: Orthotics can help distribute pressure more evenly and reduce the risk of corns and calluses. Our Podiatrists can help recommend a suitable pair for you.
- Regular Foot Care: Visit a Podiatrist regularly. Do not try to cut or shave corns or calluses at home, as this can lead to injury or infection. Your Podiatrist can help remove corns and calluses at your appointment.
- Moisturize: Apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to keep the skin soft and hydrated, reducing the risk of calluses. Callusan is a great product to keep your feet moisturised. It is an aqueous based urea emollient used for dry skin and callouses on the feet.
It is important to consult a Podiatrist for corns and calluses that are causing pain, are infected or if your have any underlying foot deformities that may contribute to their formation. When it comes to toenail and skin issues, we have almost seen it all. Corns and Callus require quick and easy treatments that can be completed in less than 20 minutes. Book a Nail & Skin Appointment, today!