Corns And Calluses
Corns are an annoying, but common foot problem.
They are small, circular thickened lesions on the skin that form due to repeated pressure or friction. Corns often arise in people who have foot deformities such as hammertoes, because the tops of their bent toes rub against the top of their shoes.
Corns can be quite painful and uncomfortable if they get too hard so it’s very important to seek treatment from a specialist if this is the case.
A range of treatments are available and a foot and ankle surgeon will recommend what is most appropriate for the patient; however, without addressing the underlying cause, corns can easily reoccur. It’s best to avoid trying to treat Corns at home with medicated corn pads or physically removing them yourself as this could lead to more complications for your feet.
Calluses are a common problem for many people and often result from pressure or rubbing caused by shoes and socks. Calluses can vary in size, and can become very painful if left untreated. Fortunately, there are medical treatments available to reduce the pain associated with calluses.
It’s best to avoid “bathroom surgery” as this can lead to cuts and infections. Instead, visiting an experienced foot and ankle surgeon should be your first step.
Seeing a professional will help determine the underlying cause of your callus so that it can be treated appropriately. Remember that while treatments may temporarily remove the callus, without treating its source, it is likely to return.