Most everyone develops corns and/or calluses on their feet, which are areas of thickened skin. When these topical issues become problematic, Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center can help. This help is especially important if you have a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes or circulatory issues. To learn more about corn and callus care, call the office nearest you in Carmichael or Sacramento, California. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
Calluses are patches of thickened skin that typically develop in areas where your feet encounter friction and pressure. Calluses typically form on the bottom of your feet in weight-bearing areas, like the balls of your feet or your heels.
These areas of thickened skin vary in size and shape, and they’re usually less sensitive than your normal tissue because of the outer layer of dead skin. Calluses usually develop with high levels of use (runners, for example) or when you spend a considerable amount of time on your feet, or barefoot. They can also form as a result of ill-fitting shoes that cause friction or a structural problem like a bunion.
As opposed to calluses, corns usually develop on the tops of your feet, where you aren’t putting pressure on the area. Instead, they form as a result of friction and rubbing.
Corns are also generally smaller than calluses, and they usually take on a distinct round shape with a hard center. The skin around the corn may be inflamed if the area is irritated.
In most cases, you can resolve corns and calluses on your own (see below). If, however, your corns or calluses become painful, you should seek the counsel of a podiatrist at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center. For example, some people develop painful cracks around the edges of a callus on their heel.
As well, if you have diabetes, sensitive skin, or circulatory problems, it’s always best to have a medical expert take a look so that they can resolve the issue quickly and safely.
To get rid of your corns or calluses on your own, follow these simple steps:
When you file away the dead skin, it’s important to know when to stop so that you don’t damage healthier skin below. To start, you’d do well to file a little bit at a time over the course of several days so that you can gradually get down to live tissue. (Please note that If you have diabetes or a circulatory issue, it’s never a good idea to perform this type of foot care on your own. If you’re concerned about your corns or calluses, the providers at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center can help.)
To prevent corns and calluses from returning, talk to your podiatrist about orthotics, which can better balance your feet and reduce pressure and friction.
If your corns or calluses persist, despite your best efforts, and they become painful, your podiatrist may recommend a callus-removing medication or surgical intervention to better align your feet.
To learn more about caring for corns and calluses, call Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center, or you can use the online scheduling tool.