Corns commonly occur over prominent joints or areas of very high pressure. These are compacted calluses, often with the consistency of a pebble.
A callus is a build-up of thick, hard skin and caused by excessive pressure. The body produces callus in an attempt to protect underlying tissues.
What are the most common problems with corn and callus
Corns and callus can make weight-bearing and walking extremely uncomfortable and sometimes callused skin has the sensation of burning and feels painful.
When your feet are in pain from corns and callus you may alter your walking style. This is called a protective gait and can have a chain like reaction on the upper body with compensation through the knees, hips, lower and upper back.
How do these problems arise?
The high pressure areas under your feet which cause corns and callus to develop are often due to the way you walk, your foot structure or because of clawed toes, bunions or other alignment problems.
How can they be treated?
The podiatrist will painlessly remove corns and callus and offload high pressure areas in the short term with padding and silicon devices. Soft Orthotics prescribed to redistribute areas of high pressure in the foot provide a longer term solution to significantly reduce callus build-up.
At home you can use moisturising cream on your feet daily for dry skin, to help to maintain soft, supple skin.
How can Total Care Podiatry help you?
It is important that you don’t ignore any nail or skin conditions that appear out of the ordinary. Corns and callus are an indication that your feet have high pressure areas and if you have diabetes or circulation problems there can be associated complications occurring in your feet.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.