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Calluses and Corns: More Than Just a Nuisance

Are you dealing with rough, thickened patches or hard circles of skin on your feet? Those might be calluses or corns – your body's way of protecting itself from friction and pressure. While common, they can sometimes become uncomfortable or painful. This can continue to build, affecting your daily quality of life.

Callus vs. Corn: What's the Difference?

Calluses: Larger patches of hardened skin that develop in areas of repeated friction/pressure, like the soles of your feet. They're generally not painful, however if they build up too much, they may start to become.

Corns: Smaller, circular areas of thickened skin with a hard centre. Occur mostly on toes where pressure from shoes are concentrated and balls of the feet. Corns can be quite painful.

Why Do Corns and Calluses Form?

Your body develops calluses and corns as a defence mechanism. Common causes include:

Ill-fitting footwear: Shoes that are too tight, loose, or put pressure on specific spots.

Foot structure: Bunions, hammer/clawed toes, retracted toes, prominent “bony” forefoot, loss of fat padding to cushion pressure areas under foot or bone spurs change the distribution of pressure on your feet.

When Calluses and Corns Need Expert Attention

While many calluses and corns can be managed with home care, it's sometimes essential to seek professional help from a podiatrist. See an expert if:

There's pain or signs of infection: Redness, swelling, or pus may need medical treatment.

Home remedies aren't effective: Stubborn cases often need professional care.

You have diabetes or poor circulation: These conditions increase the risk of complications.

We Can Help

At The Functional Podiatrist, we’re experts in the diagnosis and treatment of calluses and corns. We offer a range of solutions tailored to your needs:

Identifying the cause: We'll pinpoint why calluses and corns are forming to prevent recurrence.

Personalised treatment: This might involve trimming the thickened skin, padding sensitive areas in the short term and addressing underlying foot problems for long term protection.

Custom orthotics: Prescription shoe inserts can redistribute pressure and prevent issues from returning.

Footwear advice: We'll help you find comfortable, supportive shoes that fit properly.

Don't Let Calluses and Corns Interfere with Your Life

You don't have to live with the discomfort of calluses and corns. If you're struggling with these issues, seeking professional help can make a significant difference.

Contact Us Today!

Contact The Functional Podiatrist to schedule an appointment and let us help you put your best foot forward!

Written by:

Yoni Hochberg

BHSc Health Science/MSc Podiatric Medicine

HCPC CH036486

Royal College of Podiatry 43119


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