Often something we can treat quickly and safely, we also provide solutions to prevent them from coming back.
What are Corns and Calluses?
Corns and calluses are areas of thick, hardened skin that are usually seen in areas of the foot or toes where there is excessive pressure or irritation. Corns and calluses are similar, although calluses tend to be larger and not as uniform shape. They can develop on top of or between the toes, at the heels, under the ball of the foot or on the sides of the foot.
Some of the symptoms of corns and calluses are pain, feelings of walking on something hard, itchiness, and even decreased skin sensation. Larger calluses can even develop splits in the skin, called fissures, which can be quite painful with shoes and walking.
What are the causes of Corns and Calluses?
Corns and calluses occur in response to chronic or repeated pressure or rubbing over areas of prominent bone. This is often a result of shoe gear pressure or underlying foot deformity.
Corns and calluses are usually managed conservatively (non-surgically) by periodically shaving or paring down the lesion to remove the excess skin build-up. Shoe insole modifications such as specialized padding or even custom made orthotics can reduce or potentially remove the pressure points to try and prevent the corn or callus from reforming, and there are also special foot creams that break down the callus tissue. In the most severe cases, surgical intervention may be required to remove the corn or callus or to remodel the underlying bone prominence. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaufman at Anchorage Foot & Ankle Clinic to discuss the best options to treat your calluses.