Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are your body's response to friction or pressure against the skin. If your foot rubs inside your shoe, the affected area thickens. Or if a bone is not in the normal position, skin caught between the bone and shoe or bone and ground builds up. In either case, the outer layer of the skin thickens to protect the foot from unusual pressure. Severe corns and calluses may become infected, destroy healthy tissue, or affect foot movement. But with your podiatrist's help corns and calluses can be controlled.
Your Physical Examination
Your podiatrist will check your feet for skin changes, such as red areas, blisters and warts. He or she will also look for corns and calluses.
Treating your Corns and Calluses
If your corns or calluses are mild, reducing friction may help. Different shoes, moleskin patches, or soft pads may be all the treatment you need. In more severe cases, treating tissue build-up may require your podiatrist's care. Sometimes orthoses (custom-made shoe inserts) are prescribed to reduce friction and pressure.
If you have corns or calluses, your podiatrist may suggest wearing shoes that have more toe room, This way, buckled joints are less likely to be pinched against the top of the shoe.
Visit your Podiatrist
Your podiatrist may trim away the outer layers of skin that make up the corn or callus.