Your feet tend to develop an inordinate amount of skin problems like corns and calluses due to all the stress and pressure they are subjected to on a daily basis. Callused skin on the heel can get especially thick and progress to cracking and heel fissures that can be extremely painful, cause bleeding and possibly lead to bacterial or fungal infections.

4 great treatments for calluses and corns include the following:

1.    Properly fitted footwear—Wear comfortable shoes with the correct arch support, a wide toe box, and lower heel area. This will give your toes room to move and decrease corn formation and complications.

2.    Insulating pads and orthotic insertsMoleskin pads can be used to isolate corns and prevent rubbing on the inside of your footwear. Orthotic shoe inserts are used to shift stress and pressure away from painful calluses in the heel and ball areas.

3.    Foot soaking and dead skin removal—Soaking your feet in warm, soapy water will soften dead skin for easier removal using a file or rough pumice stone to gently rub away the layers.

4.    Acid therapy—Salicylic acid treatment can be used to help dissolve painful corns.

Patients who have diabetes should seek the help of their foot doctor when treating corns and calluses to help prevent cuts and possible infections.

If you need help treating painful calluses and corns, see your foot doctor for the best care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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