Corns and Calluses can affect nearly anyone. Did you ever wonder how corns and calluses are formed or what it is exactly? Corns and Calluses typically refer to a hard, thickened areas of skin that forms as a result of friction and pressure on the skin. Corns and calluses develop naturally to help protect the skin underneath them. If you live near Merrick, New York, Cherrywood Foot Care can help treat your corns and calluses.
Corns and calluses often develop from:
- Calluses can develop anywhere on the body where there is repeated friction. For example a guitar player’s fingertips.
- Corns develop due to bone pressure against the skin.
- It is common to be located on the tops and sides of the toes and the balls of the feet.
- The common cause for corns could be arthritis or poorly-fitting shoes.
How to treat corns and calluses
- Keep your toenails trimmed: If your toenails are too long it can force the toes to push up against your shoe, causing a corn to form over time. To remove the pressure, keep your toenails trimmed.
- Soak the corn or callus in warm water, for about five to 10 mins or until the skin is softened.
- Apply moisturizing lotion or cream to corn or calluses area daily. Most important look for a moisturizing lotion that has salicylic acid or ammonium lactate. Those three ingredients will help gradually soften skin.
Symptoms and signs of having corns and calluses can include:
- A thick, hard patch of skin
- Bumps on the skin
- Areas of flaky, dry skin
- Pain and tenderness
Calluses and corns are common in patients that may have diabetes, poor circulation, and numbness in their feet. If a callus is considered severe, you may be required to get surgery.
Cherrywood Foot Care has been voted best podiatrist on Long Island for nine years in a row since 2011. We offer routine foot and ankle checkups at our Bellmore office as well laser therapy and non-invasive surgery. Cherrywood Foot Care is up to handle all types of podiatric needs. Cherrywood has two state-of-the-art facility locations in Merrick/Bellmore area.