Foot corns and calluses are hardened areas of skin that usually develop on the soles of the feet or in between the toes. Corns and calluses are common foot problems that typically resolve within a few weeks or months. Nevertheless, it is possible for this condition to stick around for a while (a few years), which is why it may be necessary for you to see a Scottsdale Liberty Hospital affiliated podiatrist for treatment if the condition does not go away with conservative treatment. In this blog, the physicians at Scottsdale Liberty Hospital explain what patients can expect from surgical interventions and other treatments for foot corns and calluses.
While both conditions are very similar, there are characteristics that set corns and calluses apart. The major difference between these two conditions is appearance: a corn usually has a nucleus, or hard center, with red inflamed tissue around the edges whereas a callus is completely hard. The cause of both these conditions is also somewhat similar. Corns and calluses are usually the result of increased pressure and friction on the skin from ill-fitting shoes. These growths can also form while walking around barefoot on hard, rough surfaces.
Aging adults over the age of 40 have an increased risk of developing corns and calluses because the tissue, fat, and skin on the soles of the feet begin to thin at this stage in life. As a result, heel spurs and other bone growths may develop in the feet with old age. This benign condition is harmless and usually produces minimal discomfort. However, some patients may experience severe pain warranting treatment. Below are a few common symptoms of corns and calluses:
- Pain that makes walking difficult
- Redness and warmth around a corn or callus
- Signs of inflammation or infection
- Dry or waxy skin
The most effective way to prevent corns and calluses includes wearing properly fitting socks and shoes. Shoes that are the right size are generally long and spacious enough to accommodate the toes and heels. When your feet are sitting comfortably in a shoe, there is a lower likelihood of problems. If your shoes fit right but still lead to corns and calluses, you may want to consider foam padding for the sole of your shoes or custom-fit orthotics.
People with diabetes and poor blood circulation in the feet are often at an increased risk of developing these growths. Therefore, it's imperative patients see their primary care doctor to get these conditions under control. Treatment may also include foot creams. If these treatments are unsuccessful, patients may want to consider surgical interventions to remove the corn or callus.
Surgery usually requires aspirating the corn or callus or excising the hardened skin. If you have corns and calluses that are interfering with your quality of life, call Scottsdale Liberty Hospital today to meet with one of our specialists!
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.