Corn and Calluses Treatment Questions and Answers
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Calluses are hard deposits of thickened skin that toughen after being exposed to excessive friction or pressure. Corns are like calluses, but have more defined edges and a clearly defined center. Both commonly occur on the hands and feet and other areas that are exposed to repeated pressure, friction and irritation.
Can a podiatrist remove corns and calluses?
Larger corns and calluses are most effectively reduced or removed with a surgical blade. Podiatrists can use the blade to carefully shave away the thickened, dead skin and can perform this in their office. Because the skin is already dead, the procedure is painless, although some discomfort may be experienced. If the corn or callus recurs, additional treatments may be needed.
What is the difference between a corn and a callus on your foot?
Due to friction, pressure, or irritation, a callus is a section of skin that has become toughened and thick. They most often occur on the feet, but also commonly occur on the hands, elbows, or knees.
Calluses are yellowish or pale in color and feel lumpy to the touch. However, as the skin is thick and composed of dead skin cells, it may be less sensitive to touch when compared to the skin around it.
Calluses have less defined edges than corns, and are often bigger and wider. They commonly appear where the skin frequently rubs against something, such as footwear, clothes, the ground or a bone.
They typically form over areas of skin that take the person’s weight when they are walking such as the bony area just under the toes.
Corns are similar to calluses, but are distinct. They most commonly form on the top of sides of the toes, but can form on other smooth, hairless skin surfaces. They are typically small and circular and have a clearly defined center that can be hard or soft. Hard corns tend to be small, and they occur in bony areas of the foot and in areas of firm, hard skin, where the skin has thickened or where calluses have formed. Soft corn has a rubbery texture and tends to be whitish in color. They more commonly occur in areas of moist and sweaty skin, like between the toes. Calluses and corns are not normally harmful, but sometimes they may lead to ulcerations of the skin or infections. This is especially common among people with diabetes and those with poor circulation in the feet.
Are calluses and corns the same thing?
Although they are similar, corns and calluses are not the same thing. Corns are smaller than calluses and have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin, whereas calluses typically take up a larger surface area and do not have a specific shape. Corns tend to develop on parts of your feet that don’t experience pressure from weight, such as the tops, sides and even between your toes, whereas calluses mostly form on areas exposed to pressure or friction, such as the bottom of the feet.
Do I go to Urgent Care or a Podiatrist to remove Corn and Calluses?
While urgent care centers are capable of removing corns and calluses, the most qualified professional to perform this procedure, and any other procedure involving the feet or ankles, is a podiatrist. Podiatrists are experienced in treating virtually any condition affecting the feet and ankles.
If you or someone you know has a corn or callus, trust the professionals at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists to provide a higher level of care. The podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists are experienced in a wide variety of conditions affecting the feet and ankles, including corns and calluses. Call our office today to get in touch with a member of our podiatry team. Schedule an appointment online, or call us to book an appointment today!