Stress from weight and pressure on the feet causes the skin to thicken, especially in high pressure areas like the heel and ball of the foot. The thick skin forms as a natural response to help insulate your feet from injury. However, when the skin gets too thick and brittle, painful skin problems like heel fissures and calluses often develop. Also, painful corns can occur on the tops of hammertoes and other areas where your toes rub against your shoes.

The following tips can help treat and prevent corn and callus problems:

●     Wear shoes that fit well—A great way to avoid rubbing inside your shoes is to be sure your footwear is properly fitted. Always get your feet measured when you buy shoes, and choose footwear with a wider toebox to give your toes room to move without friction.

●     Isolate corns with inserts and padding—Orthotic shoe inserts and moleskin pads can be used to redirect pressure and to isolate corns so they can heal.

●     Soak and file—Soak your feet in warm water to soften dry skin for easier removal using a file or pumice stone.

●     Acid treatments—Salicylic acid can be used to gradually dissolve corns.

Patients who have diabetes are advised to avoid using home salicylic acid treatments. Instead, seek help from your podiatrist for corn and callus treatment to help avoid cuts and infections.

If you would like assistance with corn and callus treatment, see your foot doctor for an evaluation. 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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