Corns and calluses are thickened, dead patches of skin on your feet that develop because of friction. While not necessarily dangerous, corns and calluses can lead to discomfort, which makes getting rid of them a priority. At FOOTDRx, the team of podiatric specialists routinely helps patients get rid of problematic corns and calluses, quickly and easily. To remedy your corns and calluses, call one of the New York City locations in Union Square, Midtown East in Manhattan, or Bushwick, Brooklyn; or the New Jersey location in Englewood. You can also use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.
At their core, corns and calluses are the same thing — protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells that result from repeated friction.
Calluses usually develop on the soles of your feet in weight-bearing areas, such as the balls of your feet and your heels. Calluses can range in size from a small patch to something that covers a larger area, like the entirety of your heel.
Corns, which are usually small and round, typically form on non-weight-bearing areas, such as the tops of your toes. The hallmarks of a corn are hardened centers surrounded by inflamed skin.
Corns and calluses are the result of friction and can form for many reasons, such as:
Some structural problems like bunions and hammertoes can make you more susceptible to corns and calluses, as well as gait issues that place more pressure on one area of your foot.
Corns and calluses are very common and not necessarily cause for concern. Corns can be painful and very frustrating to get rid of, which is where the team at FOOTDRx can help. Using filing techniques as well as strong products that contain salicylic acid, your podiatrist can make quick work of problematic corns and calluses.
If you have ongoing problems with corns or calluses, your podiatrist may recommend orthotics or therapeutic footwear to relieve the friction in your foot.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition like diabetes, you should seek counsel for all foot problems, no matter how minor. And, above all else, don’t try and remedy the issue on your own as you may damage healthy skin, which can lead to a dangerous infection.
Aside from those who suffer from diabetes or circulatory problems, most patients can easily remedy their corns or calluses at home with these steps:
If you have any questions about whether you should seek help for your corns or calluses, call FOOTDRx or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.