Treatment of Corns & Calluses in Perth
Do you suffer from corns and calluses?
Corns often feel like a lump of hard skin and tend to develop on the bottom of the feet and between the toes
Callus is a more diffuse area of hard skin, and is commonly found on the big toes, heels, and on the bottom of the feet. Corns and calluses build up over time and can become painful and uncomfortable if left untreated. In addition to this, they can lead to ulceration and possible infection, which is particularly concerning in patients with diabetes, reduced peripheral circulation or a compromised immune system.
Corns and calluses can develop for a number of reasons, including:
- Poorly fitting footwear
- The shape of your feet
- The way you walk
- Foot biomechanics
- Neglecting regular moisturising
They can be treated by debridement (scraping) and reducing pressure over the affected area to prevent recurrence.
Our podiatrist can trim away excess skin and pare down thickened skin or trim a large corn with a scalpel. Don’t try this yourself because it could lead to an infection.
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What is the difference between corns and calluses?
What is a callus?
A callus is a section of skin that thickens because of friction, pressure, or irritation. They often happen on the feet and usually do not cause much discomfort. Calluses are yellowish or pale in color. They feel lumpy to the touch, but because the affected skin is thick, it may be less sensitive to touch than the skin around it.
What is a corn?
A corn is a kind of callus made of dead skin.
Corns on toes are are smooth, hairless skin surfaces. The corns are usually small and circular. Hard corns tend to be small. They occur in areas of firm, hard skin, where the skin has thickened or where there are calluses, and in bony areas of the foot. Soft corns tend to be whitish in color, with a rubbery texture. They more commonly occur between the toes, in areas of moist and sweaty skin.
What causes calluses and corns?
Calluses and corns are caused by repeated pressure or friction on an area of skin. The pressure causes the skin to die and form a hard, protective surface. A soft corn is formed in the same way, except that when sweat is trapped where the corn develops, the hard core softens. This typically occurs between toes. Calluses and corns are not caused by a virus and are not contagious.
Repeated handling of an object that puts pressure on the hand, such as tools (gardening hoe or hammer) or sports equipment (tennis racquet), typically causes calluses on the hands. Calluses and corns on the feet are often caused by pressure from footwear. Walking barefoot also causes calluses.