Corns and calluses affect the skin on the top and bottom of the feet. They not only change the appearance of your feet, but they also create significant discomfort. Residents in and around Festus and St. Louis, Missouri, have access to Franklin Harry, DPM, ABMSP, and Tim Davydov, DPM, ABPM, of Best Foot Forward for all of their foot health needs, including the treatment for corns and calluses. Booking a visit takes just moments online or over the phone. Do it today.
Corns and calluses develop when the skin on your feet thickens and hardens. They can also develop on other parts of your body, like your hands and fingers.
Corns are usually small and rounded. They’re commonly found on the tops of the toes over the joints. Soft corns can be white or gray and have a rubbery feel. Hard corns are usually smaller areas of hardened skin found within a larger area of abnormally thickened skin. Corns on the bottom of the feet are called seed corns.
Calluses are large areas of thickened skin. They often have an irregular shape and develop on the bottom of the feet in the areas where your feet carry the most weight — the heel, the base of the foot, the ball of the foot.
It should be noted that some degree of thickened skin is normal, especially on the bottoms of your feet.
The skin on your feet changes over time, adjusting or reacting to changing conditions. Excellent foot care begins with routinely assessing your feet to catch signs of concern in the early stages.
Some of the symptoms of corns and calluses include:
Corns and calluses can come and go, or they can develop and get worse quickly. Causes include wearing poorly fitting shoes and not wearing socks. People with bone spurs, hammertoes, or bunions have an elevated risk for corns and calluses.
You can do things at home to remove some of the thickened skin on corns and calluses. But note: People with diabetes should never attempt any foot care that involves altering the skin. They should ask their podiatrist for guidance.
When attempting to remove thickened skin, always take a slow, conservative approach. It’s better to remove thin layers of skin over time than try to entirely remove corns or calluses all at once.
Soak your foot in warm water to soften the skin. Use a wet emery board or pumice stone to gently remove some of the outermost hardened skin. Apply moisturizer to the treated area every day to protect and soothe the skin.
If you have large or painful corns or calluses, the Best Foot Forward providers can assess the skin and determine the best treatment. While over-the-counter products promise to dissolve and remove corns and calluses, podiatrists have access to much stronger solutions that can only be used in a medical setting.
Your practitioner can also manually remove areas of hardened skin without creating abrasions or microscopic openings that can let bacteria enter your body. They can also correct foot problems like hammertoe and bunions.
Learn more during your one-on-one visit to Best Foot Forward. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.