One of the most common foot ailments we get asked about at our Indianapolis podiatrist offices are corns and calluses. Like many other foot problems, both corns and calluses are a result of not treating our feet with the care they deserve. Though both stem from foot stress, they appear in different parts of the feet and have different symptoms. Calluses are flatter, thickened areas of skin, typically on the bottoms of feet. Corns are thick but take up a smaller area; they’re normally circular or conical in shape and primarily pop up on toes. We have no choice but to use them, so with all the pressure our feet are subject to, it is imperative to take care of them. Below are easy tips for how to treat and get rid of corns and calluses.
How to Get Rid of Corns
Preventing friction is fundamental to treating, avoiding and getting rid of corns and calluses. Shoes that don’t fit correctly rub and rub against these sores, corns and calluses become more irritated. Once your feet spend a couple of weeks in shoes that fit correctly, that aren’t too tight and allow them to breathe, corns will begin to disappear. In the meantime there are products to help minimize your discomfort. Corn and callus pads help reduce friction from shoes. You can find them in a range of shapes and sizes, making them easier to wear with different types of shoes.
There are many products that can help treat corns and calluses. Most contain an ingredient called salicylic acid, which breaks up the protein in the thickened layers of skin. Some of the above-mentioned pads contain this medication, but treatments are also available in drops and other forms.
Pamper and Prevent
There are many ways to prevent the development of corns and calluses. The most essential thing to do is to wear comfortable shoes; make sure your toes have room wiggle around in. Additionally, you can use wraps and non-medicated pads to protect against rubbing and pinching. After showering be sure to moisturize your feet to keep them soft. Non-diabetics can utilize a pumice stone to scrub and remove layers of the thickened skin. Diabetics should avoid this to prevent any infections from developing. Luckily, though unpleasant and often painful, neither corns nor calluses are dangerous. Before using any medications (or if the corns or calluses are not healing or are getting worse), consult your physician.