Foot Calluses and Corns Specialist Questions and Answers
Corns and calluses can be removed, and treated professionally. Dr. Davinder Bhela DPM, at Hicksville Podiatry, provides comprehensive treatment for corns and calluses. For more information call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We have 2 convenient locations to serve you in Hicksville NY, and West Hempstead NY.
What is the difference between a corn and a callus on your foot?
Corn on the foot is found between the toes or near a bony area of a toe. It is caused by hard skin building up as the result of friction between the toes or shoes creating pressure by rubbing against the toes. Calluses are also a build-up of hard skin but typically found on the bottom of the foot. They are usually found on the bottom of the heel or the front of the foot as a result of uneven weight distribution. They can also be caused by shoes that don’t fit properly or by a skin abnormality. As we spend so much time on our feet, it is perfectly normal for most people to have calluses on the bottoms of their feet. Corns and calluses can both be smoothed out with the use of an emery board after a bath or shower. The emery board or a pumice stone can remove some of the build-ups while the skin is soft. Cushioned or medicated pads can also be applied to help keep pressure off the area. Do not use sharp objects to try to cut off the corn or callus yourself.
What does corn on the foot look like?
Corn is the build-up of hard skin on the foot as a result of continuous pressure or friction. Common causes for corns are shoes that are too snug or don’t properly fit, or from standing or walking on your feet for long periods of time. They are typically found on the sides and tips of your toes, or other parts of your foot where you experience pressure and friction from shoes. Corns are identified by pain when wearing shoes, skin that is sensitive to touch, and a yellowing, rough, tough patch of lumpy or bumpy skin. Corns and calluses are similar in appearance, with the difference being primarily in the size and color. Corns are smaller and found on the top of the foot or between the toes, and usually yellow in color. Corns are also painful, where calluses tend to not be.
What happens if you leave corn untreated?
Corns can usually be removed safely at home with time and patience. Soaking your feet in warm water and then applying hydrating lotion once dry will help soften up the feet and the corn over the course of a few weeks. Once the corn has softened you can gently rub it with a pumice stone, or an emery board if it is between your toes. You will need to continue this process for a few weeks until the corn disappears. If left untreated, corns can lead to further pain as well as a shift in your posture if you are trying to avoid putting weight on the corn. Untreated corns can also lead to more serious problems like bursitis which is inflammation between the skin and bone of a fluid-filled sac, septic arthritis which can be caused by infected corn where the bacteria spreads through the bloodstream causing infection in one or more joints, and osteomyelitis also caused by infected corn where the nearby bone tissue and tendons become infected. When caught and treated early, most patients are able to avoid these more serious issues.
How does a podiatrist remove corn?
A podiatrist can use several different methods to remove corns if at home methods haven’t been proven to be effective. The most common removal method is through the use of a surgical blade, shaving off the dead, thickened skin. While this may sound like it would be painful, there is no pain associated with it as corns consist of a build up of already dead skin. If the corn does extend deep into the foot, the doctor may want to inject a numbing agent to fully remove the corn. Podiatrists may also suggest and administer Cortisone injections for large corns to help reduce swelling and pain.
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