Corns and Calluses – What Are They?
Note: Most insurances including Medicare allow periodic trimming and treatment for Calluses and Corns!
These different kinds of skin issues require proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. See one of our talented foot doctors.
Corns and Calluses are thickened skin areas. They usually develop to protect particular areas on your foot from skin irritation. When something is continuously rubbing against certain areas of your feet day after day or excessive pressure on that part of your foot, you can develop calluses or corns.
A callus is a term that is most common when the skin of the foot is thickening. While corns is a term used to when the skin is thickening on the toes.
If the thickening pattern is flat and widespread around the skin of the foot, this indicates it is a callus. When the skin irritation is considered corns when they are thicker and penetrate deeper inside the skin of the toe. Your local podiatrist will determine which is which.
They may become very painful if they are too thick. We see more severe foot problems with diabetic patients due to decreased circulation.
What Causes Corns and Calluses On Your Feet
When your shoes are too tight, and your toes rub against the side of the shoe, corns often occur. High heels can put excessive pressure on the ball of your foot, causing calluses to develop.
Deformities of the feet such as hammertoe can quickly create calluses and corns.
What Symptoms Will I See for Calluses and Corns?
You will see and feel a rough, dull area when you have calluses and corns. They can also become painful.
Investigating the causes of corns and calluses is an excellent idea. Consider looking for new shoes that properly fit when you believe ill-fitting footwear is the cause.
With a medical problem like diabetes and other conditions, over-the-counter meds can possibly cause more harm than good. Some have harsh chemicals leading to foot ulcers and even foot burns.
When Should I Visit A Podiatrist in Torrance?
See our Local Podiatrist whenever you feel pain or discomfort, or your daily life or quality of life is affected. In addition to this, have your Torrance Podiatrist take a good look at your feet. If you have conditions that affect your feet, such as poor circulation, diabetes, or other severe health conditions its time to see the foot specialist. Of course, Dr. Teles or Dr. Demian will be happy to see you when you make an appointment.
Diagnostics and Treatment of Foot Condition
Dr. Teles and Dr. Demian will do a thorough examination or your feet. Watching how you walk in your day to day shoes, and even inspecting your shoes, maybe part of this examination. Taking a quick medical history of your current or past conditions, as well as the medications you are currently taking is very important. Seeing the appearance and history of corns and calluses helps in proper diagnosis.
Adding padding to your shoes or even changing the shoes you wear to help relieve the problem, especially if your corns or calluses are mild.
Larger corns and calluses are a bigger problem. Our podiatrists can reduce their size. This can be done right in the office. This is quite painless since the skin is dead. This is usually covered by most insurances, including Medicare.
Ways to Possibly Avoid More Corns and Calluses.
- Wearing shoes that fit well, not too loose or to tight. Your podiatrist may be able to assist if your feet have deformities. They may suggest shoes for you.
- For reducing friction on the feet, gel pads inserted into your shoes may help. Again, the podiatrist may be able to determine what may work for you.