You should never completely ignore a corn or callus, even if it is not currently causing you pain.
Although these problems may not necessarily require professional treatment, they indicate that something is wrong, either with your feet, your shoes, or your activities. If you don’t make the appropriate changes, corns and calluses are likely to persist, and you may be at greater risk of additional injuries or infections.
The first decision you should make is whether you want to try dealing with the problem at home at first, or if you should visit our office for professional treatment.
- If you are physically healthy and your corns and calluses are not causing you any physical pain or preventing you from engaging in your activities, feel free to attempt home treatments first.
- If you have diabetes or any condition that affects circulation or nerve function, do not attempt home care on your own. Call us first. You are at much higher risk of complications.
- if your calluses or corns are causing pain and discomfort, your home treatments haven’t been working to your satisfaction, or you just want them gone as quickly and safely as possible, we are always here to help.
Home remedies that can and should be pursued (if you have no underlying health problems you need to check with us about) include:
- Removing the source of friction and pressure. The main problem that most people have is that they are wearing shoes that are too tight. Always wear comfortable shoes that give your toes room to wiggle, with comfortable and breathable socks.
- Protecting the irritated skin. Non-medicated pads can be used on painful corns while they are healing.
- Thinning the skin. Immediately after a bath, shower, or foot soak, you may use a pumice stone, emery board, or nail file to gently remove some of the thickened, dead skin. Remove no more than a single layer at a time.
- Keeping your skin moisturized. Apply a moisturizing lotion or cream after your foot soak (and thinning the dead skin) to lock in that moisture.
If you need professional help for your corns or calluses, we can trim down the extra layers of thickened or dead skin with sterile office instruments.
We will also take a close look at your feet and shoes to determine if there are any other preventative care options that would be relevant to you. For example, it may be that an abnormality in your foot shape is causing you to develop corns over and over in the same area. A set of orthotics may be the perfect solution to address this problem.