Lumps and bumps on the feet aren’t always something to worry about, but they may be a sign of a bigger problem. Corns and calluses are common for patients who have diabetes or other medical conditions that compromise the immune system. At AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists in Indianapolis, Dr. Todd Mann treats men and women with a broad range of foot problems. If you’re concerned about a foot-related issue, book an appointment today with one of the area’s top podiatrists and wound care specialists.
Corns & Callouses Q & A
What causes corns and calluses?
Corns and calluses can develop over time due to friction on the feet from shoes or regular activity. They may also be caused by:
- Going barefoot
- Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly
- An underlying bony deformity such a bunion or hammertoe
If you have diabetes, you may develop a corn or callus and not notice it right away due to loss of sensation in your feet. Untreated corns and calluses, especially if you’re diabetic, can lead to an underlying infection, and it may develop into a foot ulcer. It’s very important if you have diabetes to check your feet daily.
When should I see a podiatrist?
Sometimes corns and calluses resolve on their own, but it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist if you have diabetic-related foot problems or if you’re experiencing chronic pain or infection in the feet. You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Mann if you have:
- Pain from a corn or callus
- Diabetes, neuropathy, or poor circulation
- Swelling or inflammation in your feet
- Cracking or bleeding on your heels or in between toes
- Open sores or wounds that aren’t healing
- Tingling, burning, or numbness in your feet or ankles
How are corns and calluses treated?
Dr. Mann has extensive experience when it comes to treating corns and calluses. Each patient is unique, but treatment may include:
- Antibiotics to treat an underlying infection
- Ointments or creams to help soften your feet and wear down rough spots
- Removal of corns or calluses to prevent ulcers from forming
- Padding and/or shoe insoles to prevent or slow the development of corns and calluses
If you have diabetes, you may be more likely to develop foot complications if you have corns and calluses. Treating them early can help prevent ulcers or infection.
How can I treat corns and calluses at home?
Proper foot care can help to reduce the odds of developing problems. Dr. Mann might suggest you use a pumice stone to smooth the feet or that you apply lotion to the affected area.
However, a bad idea to deal with a corn or callus at home unless you have specific advice from Dr. Mann. Never attempt to cut or remove a corn or callus yourself, as this can result in bleeding and infection.
If you’re ready to get rid of painful corns and calluses today, contact the expert team at AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists: Book your appointment today.