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How to Deal with Corns and Calluses
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
April 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Calluses   Corns  

When you have corns and calluses, you probably won’t want to wear closed nor open-toed shoes. That is because these skin bumps make corns, callusesthe feet look unattractive, and they can be painful when they come in contact with your shoes. It’s a complicated foot problem to have. Learn how to deal with your corns and calluses with assistance from your Olney, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists.

What Causes Corns and Calluses

Corns develop when the bones press against the inside of your shoes, putting too much pressure on the skin. The skin gets thicker and harder each day. The main cause of this problem is wearing ill-fitting shoes (too tight). Corns and calluses often show up on the toes or the sides of the feet. Patients who have to do a lot of walking, especially in uncomfortable shoes, are more likely to have issues with corns and calluses.

Corns and Calluses Treatments

It could take some time for corns and calluses to go away, so you have to be patient and consistent. One solution is to wear protective padding inside of your shoes or orthotics prescribed by your Olney, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrist to relieve pressure on your feet. Soaking the feet and choosing a different type of shoe also helps. A corn or callus that is very hard can be removed by your foot doctor.

Prevention Tips

It can be difficult to prevent corns and calluses from coming back, especially if you have to return to your usual activities. But here are a few tips on how to minimize a recurrence:

  • Continue to wear pads on top of toes and on the sides of the feet where corns or calluses have shown up before.
  • Wear thick socks whenever possible to protect your feet.
  • Trade in your high heels for flats or shorter heels. High heels cause the feet to push forward when you walk, increasing the chance of corns.

Relief for Your Feet

Walking around with corns and calluses on your feet can be a painful and embarrassing burden to bear. Get help from an Olney, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy are a team of foot specialists who want to help you enjoy an active lifestyle with healthy feet.