Corns and Calluses

Corns and Calluses2018-12-23T07:17:38+00:00

Corns & Calluses

WHAT ARE CORNS & CALLUSES?

Corns and calluses are your body’s response to friction or pressure against the skin. If your foot rubs inside your shoe, the affected area of skin thickens. Or if a bone is not in the normal position, skin caught between bone and shoe or bone and ground builds up. In either case, the outer layer of skin thickens to protect the foot from unusual pressure. In many cases, corns and calluses look bad but are not harmful. However, more severe corns and calluses may become infected, destroy healthy tissue, or affect foot movement.

WHERE DO CORNS & CALLUSES FORM?

Corn or callus is a thickening of the outer layer of skin on your foot. Corns usually grow on top of the foot, often at the joint. Calluses spread on the bottom of the foot or on the outer edge of a toe or the heel.

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TREATING CORNS & CALLUSES

If your corns or calluses are mild, reducing friction may help. Different shoes, moleskin patches, or soft pads may be all the treatment you need. In more severe cases, treating tissue buildup may require your doctor’s care. Sometimes orthotics (custom made shoe inserts) are prescribed to reduce friction and pressure.

CHANGE SHOES

If you have corns, your doctor may suggest wearing shoes that have more toe room. This way, buckled joints are less likely to be pinched against the top of the shoe. If you have calluses, wearing a cushioned insole, arch support, or heel counter can help reduce friction.

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR

In some cases, your doctor may trim away the outer layers of skin that make up the corn or callus. For a painful corn, medication may be injected beneath the built up tissue.

WEAR ORTHOSES

Orthoses are specially made to meet the needs of your feet. They cushion calluses or divert pressure away from these problem areas. Worn as directed, orthotics help limit existing problems and prevent new ones from forming.

IF YOU NEED SURGERY.

If a bone or joint is out of place, certain parts of your foot may be under too much pressure. This can cause severe corns and calluses. In such cases, surgery is often the best way to correct the problem.

Dr. Ahmadi is a Board Certified Foot Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.  Dr. Ahamdi is a foot and ankle Doctor in Orange County with office in Mission Viejo and Santa Margarita, California.

Office

26800 Crown Valley Pkwy
Ste. 320
Mission Viejo , CA , 92691USA
(949) 276-8900

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