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 poorly fitting footwear. Calluses, which tend to be larger than corns, are commonly located on the soles of the feet. They feel very rough and hardened, whereas corns are usually much smaller and typically contain a hard center surrounded by tender and inflamed skin.
In either case, the treatment options are similar and may consist of the following:
- As much as possible, try to stop the repetitive action that may have caused them.
- Avoid tight footwear that creates excessive pressure, or loose fitting shoes that cause rubbing, and irritation.
- Always wear socks with your shoes and sandals to decrease excess friction.
- Application of salicylic acid patches can be used to help dissolve the hard skin.
- The use of pumice stones or emery boards to help safely remove dead skin.
- Soaking the skin first makes these removal methods more effective.
- Padding and protective insoles can also provide relief.
Anyone with diabetes, foot deformities, or another health problem that causes decreased blood flow or numbness, needs to be especially careful when attempting to remove corns and calluses. It is best to consult with a podiatrist before attempting any treatment on your own to avoid any complications caused by excessive bleeding or infection. Even a simple cut can quickly turn into a serious issue.
The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive experience in treating corns and calluses and are experts in providing the best care for any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, Dr. John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.