InStride Foot & Ankle of the Carolinas
Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Podiatrists located in Matthews, NC & Monroe, NC
Corns and calluses are thick patches of skin that can cause major irritation or even severe pain on the top or bottom of your feet. Untreated corns and calluses can eventually make simple things like wearing shoes and walking difficult, so don’t prolong your suffering any longer. With two convenient locations in Matthews and Monroe, North Carolina, InStride Foot & Ankle of the Carolinas offers safe and effective corn and callus removal. Experienced podiatrists Eric Ward, DPM, and Blaise Woeste, DPM, are ready to help, so use the online scheduler or call either office for help now.
Corns and Calluses Q & A
What are corns?
Corns are small round skin growths that usually appear on top of your toes. Hard corns, the most common type, typically grow on top of your toes and have a rigid outer layer with a hard center that can extend deep into your skin. Soft corns, a less common type, grow between your toes, especially your fourth and fifth ones. Although soft corns are still thick, they're kept soft by perspiration.
What are calluses?
Calluses are thick and widespread skin patches that grow on the bottom of your foot, usually on the weight-bearing skin on the balls or heels of your feet. They can sometimes look similar to blisters. While corns are usually small and round, calluses can take any shape and are much bigger than corns.
Why do I have a corn on my toe?
Corns develop because of friction with your shoes. As your toes rub against the fabric of your shoe, your skin forms a corn as a protective response. Hammertoe and bunions can make you especially prone to corns.
Why do I have a callus on my foot?
Calluses develop because of constant pressure and friction on the balls of your feet, which can come from shoes like high heels, overly loose shoes, or not wearing socks. If you have hammertoe or bunions, you're vulnerable to calluses.
How do you treat corns and calluses?
Professional treatment for corns and calluses is your best bet, as they can grow worse and worse until they make it hard to wear shoes or even walk. Treatment is especially important if you have diabetes because you’re at risk for corns and calluses growing infected and turning into foot ulcers.
InStride Foot & Ankle of the Carolinas recommends a variety of treatments to address corns and calluses, including:
- Changing your shoes
- Adding padding
- Chemical removal
- Cortisone injection
- Paring or removal with a surgical blade
It's important that you don't try paring your corn or callus at home. You could cut too deep or use improper procedures that expose you to infection. Your InStride Foot & Ankle of the Carolinas podiatrist is a specialist who uses safe and effective techniques to remove your corn or callus and relieve your symptoms.
Choose corn and callus care from the experts at InStride Foot & Ankle of the Carolinas. Book online or by calling either office today.
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