The human body is amazingly adept at self-defense and repair. One of the processes it uses is building up layers of skin to protect areas that face persistent pressure or friction. The formation of corns and calluses can help protect tender underlying tissues, but it can also lead to issues like discomfort, risk of infection, and even simply embarrassment. Fortunately, there are methods of treating and preventing these skin conditions.
Most people are generally quite familiar with calluses. These hard, thickened patches of skin are found in areas that are faced with pressure from repetitive actions like walking or running. They are flat, vary in shape and size, and are typically larger than corns. Calluses can often be found on the bottom of your heel or the ball of your foot.
Corns are related, yet differ from calluses in a couple of ways. Instead of being flattened patches of skin, these are raised in a conical shape and often have a center that is either harder or softer than the surrounding skin.
In addition to being raised, another key distinction is that corns can be painful when pressure is applied, whereas this is not the case with calluses. This may be related to the fact that calluses develop in areas of frequent pressure and are thus less sensitive. Corns often form in locations that are exposed to friction, but usually in places that are not weight-bearing.
Treatment for Calluses and Corns
To get rid of these patches of dry skin, the natural starting point is to look at home care. Before we proceed, it is important to note that this should not be attempted by those who live with diabetes. If this applies to you, make sure to schedule an appointment with Palm Beach Podiatry and allow our experts to handle it for you. We have the expertise to do so in a safe manner that will not put your health at risk. Also, do not attempt to remove a corn or callus yourself by cutting with a sharp object. This can potentially lead to injury or infection.
As long as you do not have diabetes or any other condition that causes poor circulation, you may benefit from using a pumice stone. To do so:
- Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 10-15 minutes.
- Scrub the problem area with the pumice stone using light pressure and circular motions. Avoid using too much pressure and keep in mind this will take several sessions.
- Rinse off your feet.
- Apply moisturizing lotion or cream.
- Repeat daily until the skin is soft, healthy, and natural.
In the event this process is not providing desired results, contact Palm Beach Podiatry for professional care.
Preventing corns and calluses begins with identifying the reason they form. Many times, this is related to either your footwear or choice of activities. With this in mind, the following tips will help reduce your risk of these skin conditions:
- Choose shoes that fit well. Keep the pressure off your feet with footwear that provides room for you to wiggle your toes. If you can’t, they are too tight and you need another pair.
- Opt for protective coverings. If you find that you often develop rough patches from running or other activities, apply a bandage, felt pad, or non-medicated corn pad over the problem area.
- Don’t forget your socks. Wearing socks is helpful for preventing these skin conditions, but even better is to choose pairs that fit well and are thicker to provide extra padding in areas that typically face higher levels of friction.
Top Foot Skin Care in Boynton Beach, FL
Whether you would like more information to prevent corns and calluses or you have diabetes and are concerned about one that is developing, we are here to help. Our offices provide care for these skin conditions, in the event that you need professional treatment. Palm Beach Podiatry is ready to assist you with any facet of foot and ankle care, so contact us today.
Call any of our Florida offices— Boynton Beach at (561) 734-3100; Loxahatchee at (561) 791-7773; or Fort Pierce at (772) 468-0089—or use our online form to schedule your appointment.