Corns & Calluses of the foot treatment

corn treatment
painful corn on the little toeWhen your skin gets rubbed on the inside of your shoe this can sometimes cause a local inflammation of the skin. The skin will build more keratin, the horny layer of the upper layer of your skin, to protect itself. This is the same thing that happens when you work in the garden and get calluses on the palms of your hands. The problem occurs when hard skin builds up over bony prominences and causes pain and discomfort. This happens most often on the toes and feet due to the constant interaction with the ground when you walk.

The main cause of calluses and corns is by poor fitting foot wear, but also your life style, foot type, skin type and health status will play a part in the development of hard painful areas of skin. Smoking cessation can help with reducing hard skin on your feet.

Corns calluses of the foot can be very painful and unsightly as well. Painful corns in particular can be mistaken for verrucas and some patients want to know if their lesion is in fact a verruca or a corn. We are only too happy to check this for you.

Treatment

Corns Calluses of the foot treatment involves gentle removal with a scalpel: sharp debridement, and is most often pain free. Most patients get instant relief of pain and discomfort and don’t know why they didn’t consult with us before.During your consultation, you may also be assessed for your foot posture and function, and  may be given advice on general foot care. It is always useful to see the shoes that you wear most of the time as these maybe causing the problem.

In some cases with frequently occurring painful corns, we may suggest that you get orthotics/arch supports to reduce the reoccurrence of corns or calluses and improve your foot function. Sometimes just applying a good skin emollient for the feet such as CCS footcream is enough to avoid hard skin and corns from returning. Otherwise regular six to eight week appointments can be scheduled to fit in with your timetable.

Footwear

Up to seventy percent of the population wear shoes that don’t fit their feet. Poor fitting shoes can be part of the cause of your foot problem.

First thing to bear in mind is that foot wear companies have different sizes for different shoes. A size six in one trainer can be a size seven in another. In other word’s you may think you are a size seven, but in a different shoe you will be a size six.

For this reason, it is best to get help when you buy shoes. Ask the shop assistant to advise on good fit. In addition, if you are getting shoes fitted to wear with orthotics it is best to buy a half or full size bigger than usual. This is so there is extra space for your orthotic. Some shoes have an insole already that you can take out. This will give you a little more space if you are purchasing an orthotic. Below are some features you should be looking for.

  • Wide and deep enough toe box, so that you can move your toes around
  • A lace or strap across the mid-foot, so that your foot cannot slide forward to the end of the shoe
  • The sole of the shoe has some support and cushioning. We walk all day on hard surfaces and our feet need some cushioning.
  • The sole of the shoe bends where your big toe is
  • The heel counter is not too flimsy, but is supportive
  • It’s comfortable to wear!
  • It looks ok!

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