Calluses

Corns and Calluses: Everything you should know

Corns and calluses develop when the skin attempts to guard itself of friction and pressure. They are mostly seen on the hands and feet. They are thick and appear hardened. The thickening of the skin is also called Hyperkeratosis.

What causes Corns and Calluses on the feet?

Continuous friction and pressure are the primary cause of corns and calluses on your feet. Which means if you’re an athlete in a sport that requires these types of movements your chances of having corns and calluses is higher than someone who is not an athlete.

Small or tightly fitted shoes
At first thought tightly fitted shoes make you think cleats or running spikes. You’re not wrong since these two types of footwear can be closely related to corns and calluses formed during this sport. Any type of shoe that doesn’t fit correctly in likes of being too small can cause the unwanted friction leading to corns and calluses.

Related foot conditions
Often looked passed there are existing foot conditions you can already have that are the root cause of corns and calluses. These include but are not limited to toe deformations and hammertoe. You’ll become fully aware that this could be a reasonable cause for your corns and calluses when the surrounding skin begins to thicken.

Not wearing socks
Skipping socks can be no good for a laundry list of reasons. Especially if you’re not wearing the right footwear that agrees with no socks. However, since we’re on the topic of corns and calluses we can inform you that not wearing socks can create that friction. Beware of socks that don’t fit properly as well.

New Habits
We’re not exactly talking about a new habit like fidgeting with a pen when you’re nervous. New habits in the physical terms. For example: Taking the stairs every day now instead of the elevator. Your body is already used to just riding up the elevator so when you begin walking up flights of stairs that newly applied pressure may cause corns and calluses. Rare but real scenario.

Treating Corns and Calluses

Treatment for corns and calluses is actually quite easy. It begins with first addressing what’s causing your corns and calluses then completely stopping whatever that may be. The relief is 100% obtainable for you, just stop doing that one activity that creates the thick skin.

Trying to take care of your corns and calluses at home can only go so far if they are being stubborn. This is where a visit to your local podiatrist comes into the picture. We’re going to tell you about two treatments that your podiatrist could potentially recommend or perform in order to treat your calluses.

Cutting the extra skin
Using a scalpel or similar tool your doctor will trim away the thicker excess skin. We urge you not to try this at home because opening parts of your foot without the knowledge of a trained podiatrist can lead to infection.

Orthotics
Your podiatrist may issue regular or custom orthotics to help prevent corns and calluses if you have a foot condition in the long term.

These are just two options your podiatrist can execute when treating the corns and calluses on your feet. Other areas of treatment could include surgery in extreme instances or special medication for calluses.

Living with corns and calluses on the feet is painful. If any of these symptoms or topics describe something you’re experiencing be sure to call our team at (303) 422-6043 or schedule online at tmfa.co/visit.