Corns and calluses are thickened pads of skin that typically develop due to friction and pressure. Both corns and calluses are unattractive, and they can also be uncomfortable in some cases. If corns or calluses are irritating you, don’t try DIY surgery: This is a job for a foot specialist. The podiatry team at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists in Aberdeen, New Jersey, has corn and callus solutions to restore your smooth feet. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
Corns are small, thick rounds of skin that have a solid center. Usually, corns grow on the non-weight-bearing parts of your feet. Corns typically develop because of repeated friction, such as your toes rubbing against your shoes. Corns usually don't hurt unless you press down on them.
Calluses are tough, thick pads of skin on your feet. They typically grow on the heels or balls of your feet, and they're larger than corns. While corns have a hard middle, calluses are the same throughout. Calluses usually develop because of pressure and friction. Calluses usually don't hurt, but they can become quite uncomfortable, especially if they grow large.
Your Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists podiatrist will do a comprehensive foot exam, and might also take X-rays if indicated, to determine the cause of your corns or calluses. Your podiatrist may also ask you to walk so they can observe your gait. Sometimes, an irregular gait is the underlying cause of corns and calluses, and it's important to correct that problem to get lasting relief.
Resist the urge to trim or cut corns or calluses at home. This is one of the most common reasons for open wounds and infection. It's usually fine to use a pumice stone on the corn or callus, as long as you're gentle. Never scrub at the skin until you draw blood or experience serious pain, as it can be a quick path to infection. Until you get to the podiatrist, relieve pressure from the corn or callus with padded, supportive footwear.
Your podiatrist may prescribe any of the following treatments for corns and calluses:
If you have chronic corns or calluses, your podiatrist will help you put a plan into place to prevent a recurrence. Wearing shoes that fit properly and using protective padding on vulnerable parts of your foot can be highly effective in preventing corns and calluses.
Use the online scheduler or call Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists for professional corn and callus help today.