Feet frequently develop unsightly patches of thickened skin, commonly known as calluses and corns. They are your skin’s way of defending itself against long-term sources of pressure and friction, but they can be frustrating to deal with and, in some cases, even painful.
Fortunately, corns and calluses can usually—although not always—be treated fairly easily at home, but there are some definitely guidelines you should follow.
If you have diabetes, nerve damage, or any other condition that could reduce your sensation or circulation, do not attempt to treat corns or calluses on your own. These conditions put your feet in the high danger zone for ulcers and wounds, and home treatment places you at even great risk. If you have any of these health complications, you should always talk to a podiatrist before attempting any remedies.
If you do not have any underlying health problems, you can attempt some gentle treatment remedies on your own. Strategies might include:
- Soaking your feet in warm and soapy water and applying a moisturizer.
- Gently thinning a corn or callus with a nail file, emery board, pumice stone, or even a rough washcloth. Try to remove only one layer at a time, since too much thinning can lead to cuts or other injuries. Never, under any circumstance, cut into your skin with a sharp object like a razor.
- Using non-medicated pads on top of a corn or callus to protect it from further friction and pressure.
Regardless of your health status, you can take some steps to remove the source of the friction. Often, corns and calluses emerge from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Switching to a better pair will not only prevent problems from developing in the future, but may allow existing corns or calluses to disappear in time.
If a corn or callus is painful, if you’re concerned about the health status of your foot, or you simply haven’t been able to deal with the problem sufficiently on your own, give us a call at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City. Dial (775) 783-8037 today.