Corns and calluses form on your skin as your body responds to friction and pressure by creating thick, protective skin. But often this protective response causes problems when calluses become too thick and brittle. Calluses on the heel can become painful heel fissures that crack and bleed and become infected. Corns can form on the top of hammertoes and other places where they rub on your shoes, getting inflamed and possibly even infected.
3 simple treatments for corns and calluses include the following:
- Insulating corn pads—Specially formed moleskin pads can be placed over corns. This reduces pain and pressure and allows the corn to heal.
- Soaking and sanding—You can soften calluses by soaking your feet in warm, soapy water. After about fifteen minutes, dry your feet and use a pumice stone or file to sand off the dead skin.
- Intensive moisture treatment—Severely cracked heels can be intensively treated by liberally applying moisturizer before bed. Wear breathable socks to help keep the cream from rubbing off. Dead skin will be softer and easier to remove when you wake up.
- Orthotic shoe inserts—These devices can be placed to redistribute pressure and isolate problem areas to help prevent rubbing and callus development.
Your movement style is affected by how you pronate and untreated arch problems can increase friction and the formation of corns and calluses, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.