Corns and callus are very common and can cause huge discomfort and pain in the feet. They are hard, thickened skin that develop in heavy friction and pressure areas of the feet. These are the main reasons corns and callus developed:
- Foot structure/biomechanics
- Skin deformities
Corns are small circles of thick skin that usually develop on the tops and sides of toes or on the sole of the foot. However, they can occur anywhere.
Corns do not get better unless the cause of the pressure is removed. If the cause isn’t removed, the skin becomes thicker and more painful over time. A corn is a symptom of an underlying problem.
On your initial appointment our podiatrist will advise you on the most probable cause and the treatment required. Corns are normally treated in the same appointment, although they may reoccur so repeat appointments will be required.
Calluses are hard, rough areas of skin that are often yellowish in colour. They can develop on any part of the foot, but mostly on pressure areas.
Calluses develop when the skin rubs against something, such as a bone, a shoe or the ground. They often form over the ball of your foot because this area takes most of your weight when you walk.
Activities that put repeated pressure on the foot, such as running or walking barefoot, can cause calluses to form as well the reasons listed above.
Our expert podiatrists will be able to treat corns or badly callused areas, using a sharp blade to remove the thickened area of skin. This is usually painless and should help reduce pain and discomfort.
If the cause of the discomfort is related to the biomechanics of your feet, our podiatrist will recommend a Biomechanical assessment. This will allow the podiatrist to prescribe Orthotics/Insoles if needed to correct your foot structure.
Our podiatrist will also always advise on how to prevent reoccurrence and formulate the best treatment plan for your feet.
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