Corns and calluses are annoying, uncomfortable, and unsightly. Fortunately, you can get rid of them with the help of a foot care specialist. The skilled podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Specialists are ready to treat corns, calluses, and other foot problems of all types at convenient locations: Las Vegas, Taos, Gallup, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Click the online scheduler now or call the office nearest you to book an appointment.
Corns are round thick lesions on your foot. Usually, corns develop on top of your feet, often on your toes. Corns typically look wax-like. Usually, corns come from consistent pressure of your toes against your shoes. They may be especially common in men and women who wear shoes without socks.
Calluses, like corns, are round thick patches of skin, but they have a hard center. Like corns, calluses develop due to pressure. They're more likely to appear on the balls of your feet, and footwear like high heels often causes them.
If you suffer from other foot problems, for example, hammertoes, you might have a higher risk of developing corns and calluses.
Corns or calluses can be uncomfortable or even painful, so it's important to get the right treatment as soon as possible. Unfortunately, over-the-counter remedies can be very damaging because they're frequently made from potentially harmful chemicals that could leave you with an open wound.
DIY surgery is an even worse idea because you could easily remove more skin than you meant to, causing an open wound that could turn into an ulcer.
Your podiatrist may do an X-ray to determine whether your corns or calluses have caused any interior foot damage. For minor corns and calluses, a wait-and-see approach may be best. Your podiatrist can recommend padding, footwear changes, or other lifestyle changes to help keep the pressure off the corns or calluses.
Cortisone injections may help with corn or callus pain, but it doesn't remove the problem. If your corns or calluses are large or are causing serious symptoms, your podiatrist can remove them on-site in a short and painless procedure.
To prevent corns or calluses, your podiatrist may recommend the following things.
Your podiatrist may also have some other specific recommendations to help you avoid recurrence of corns and calluses.
Your Foot and Ankle Specialists podiatrist is a foot care expert who’s ready to help you beat corns and calluses. Use the online scheduler or call the location closest to you to make an appointment today.