Causes of Corns & Calluses
Corns and calluses are a buildup of hard, thick areas of skin. Both develop from repeated rubbing or pressure on the skin. Corns usually develop on the top or side of toes. Calluses are more likely to develop on the bottom or side of the foot.
Corns and calluses can be caused by:
- Improper Foot Wear
- Standing, Walking or Running For Long Periods
- Not Wearing Socks
- Improper Walking Motion
Foot wear that doesn’t fit properly is the most common cause of corn or callus development. Foot wear is probably the reason women more likely to develop corns or calluses than men.
Examples of structural foot deformities that can cause constant pressure, rubbing or irritate areas of the foot include:
Corns and calluses are common and in most cases can be treated successfully using home remedies.
When Too See A Podiatrist
There are situations where you should seek professional medical care, including:
Signs of Infection – a corn or callus can become infected. Signs of an infection can include redness, drainage (pus or a clear fluid), swelling, or pain. Any kind of discharge requires immediate medical attention.
Elevated Risk of Developing an Infection – If you have diabetes, a lack of feeling in your feet, poor blood circulation or a medical condition that elevates your risk of infection. Some medical conditions cause a lack of feeling in the feet, increasing the risk of injury during self treatment.
Home Treatment Is Ineffective – If you are having difficulties treating your feet at home.
Possible Foot Abnormality – You believe that corns or calluses are forming due to a foot disorder (bunion, hammertoe, arch disorder, etc.)
Schedule A Foot Exam
At The Center For Musculoskeletal Disorders, we take a patient centered approach, providing you with the very best podiatric care. Our podiatrist can help you remove corns and calluses and treat any underlying conditions.
Our expert foot doctors are focused on treating and educating patients to help them maintain proper foot health and a fast recovery. Schedule an appointment with one of our Podiatrist today.