Some of us think that skin problems on the feet like calluses and corns must simply be endured, even if they are painful. That is certainly not the case.
A spot of thick, hardened skin on the bottom of the foot is called a callus. These grow to protect the skin underneath from too much friction. Most calluses are found on the heel, on the ball of the foot and under the big toe.
Another uncomfortable skin problem on the feet is when two toes rub together and form an area of thicker skin with inflamed tissue underneath. These spots are called corns and there are two kinds: Corns found between the toes have soft cores, while those on the top part of a toe are hard corns.
Both calluses and corns are formed by excessive friction and pressure, such as from an abnormal gait, overuse and wearing shoes that are either too loose or too tight.
Try Home Remedies on Corns and Calluses
If your corns or calluses are not painful, you can try treating them at home:
- Soak your feet briefly in warm, soapy water and then use a foot file or pumice stone to rub the thickened areas. Dry thoroughly and smooth on an emollient foot cream.
- Keep skin supple by applying a moisturizing cream or lotion every night, then cover with loose sock. In the morning gently remove dry skin with a pumice stone.
- Try over-the-counter foam pads or moleskin directly on the callus or corn to ease pressure. Avoid using salicylic acid products that are available without a prescription because these can damage the surrounding healthy tissue.
Wearing well-fitting shoes with lots of toe room can prevent corns and calluses by limiting friction and pressure. Wear synthetic socks to keep feet dry.
Get Help if Calluses or Corns Are Painful
Please contact us here at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute if your calluses or corns become painful. We can professionally shave the surface of a callus to reduce the pressure. Creams containing urea act as an exfoliant to remove dead skin. If a corn shows signs of infection, we'll prescribe an oral antibiotic to clear it up.
Sometimes calluses and corns are caused by an individual's foot structure or gait. For example, an abnormal hip rotation or walking motion can put too much pressure on the feet. In this case, custom-fitted orthotics will help ease this pressure and friction.
Don't Live with the Discomfort of Calluses or Corns
Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating all type of skin conditions on the feet, including calluses and corns. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. Most foot problems will not get better on their own - call us today!