The hard, thick areas of skin that develop on your feet and toes, called calluses and corns, are your body’s way of protecting itself. In most cases, these additions to your feet aren’t a cause for concern, but if they’re causing pain or you have a condition like diabetes, they warrant medical intervention. At Denville Foot & Ankle, Daniel Hennessy, DPM, has the tools necessary to alleviate painful corns and calluses. If you’re in Denville, New Jersey, call today to get expert treatment. Or you can fill out the online form to request an appointment.
Calluses are your body’s way of protecting itself against friction or pressure by developing thicker, harder skin. Calluses aren’t necessarily dangerous and are often easily taken care of by simply removing the source of the friction. In some cases, however, they can form in areas where they cause pain or lead to open cracks. They’re also a source of concern if you have diabetes because any condition that affects your feet requires vigilant monitoring to prevent any open sores from developing.
The terms callus and corn are often used interchangeably, but there are slight differences, warranting the separate terms. Calluses, as described above, are hardened areas of skin that typically develop in areas that are weight-bearing. They can also range in size and shape, depending upon their location.
Corns, on the other hand, are smaller, rounded formations that usually develop on non-weight-bearing areas, such as the tops of your toes. Corns are either soft or hard in the center, and they can be surrounded by inflamed tissue, which is often sensitive to pressure.
After examining your problematic corn or callus, Dr. Hennessy determines the best course of action, which usually involves gently removing the skin. He may recommend a change in footwear or extra padding to help prevent it from recurring. In many cases, custom orthotics can help relieve the pressure on any given area of your foot, preventing corns and calluses from cropping up again.
You can do your part by keeping your feet well-moisturized and wearing clean, snug socks that don’t chafe.
If you’re diabetic or you have circulatory problems that compromise the blood flow to your feet, such as peripheral artery disease, you need to take extra care of corns and calluses and resist the urge to try and remedy them on your own. When they develop, simply make an appointment with Dr. Hennessy so that he can safely remove them and provide you with a plan to prevent their return.
To get rid of painful corns or calluses, call Denville Foot & Ankle or use the online booking tool.