If you wear tight or uncomfortable shoes, you’re also more likely to develop calluses and corns. These growths typically aren’t serious, but if you have diabetes or poor circulation, they may increase your risk of infection and other complications. At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, the providers offer outpatient care for calluses and corns. Make an appointment today by calling the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City or clicking the online booking feature.request an appointment
What are calluses and corns?
Calluses and corns are rough patches of skin that form because of undue pressure or friction. They’re often mentioned together, but they aren’t the same things:
A callus is a patch of tough or thickened skin. They form on areas of your body that carry weight, like the heels, toes, or balls of the feet. Almost everyone has calluses.
Corns are small, round growths that look like popcorn kernels. They form on the sides or tops of your toes and have a hard spot in the center. Corns look like blisters and can be very painful.
What causes calluses and corns to form?
Calluses and corns form when your socks or shoes rub against your skin, causing pressure and friction. They can occur anywhere on your feet but tend to form near bones, like the ankles, heels, and toes. They aren’t pretty, but corns and calluses are your body’s natural defense against irritation.
When should I see a podiatrist about calluses and corns?
Make an appointment at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates if you have calluses or corns that make it difficult to walk or exercise. That’s especially true if you’ve tried at-home treatments, like pads or taping, and your symptoms continue or get worse.
How are calluses and corns diagnosed?
To diagnose calluses and corns, your Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates provider reviews your medical records and asks about your lifestyle, including what type of work you do, how much time you spend on your feet, and if you exercise.
Next, your provider examines your feet and toes. They assess the size, color, and location of your corns and calluses and develop a custom treatment plan.
How are calluses and corns treated?
Treatment of corns and calluses depends on several things, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and the number of corns or calluses you have. Your Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLS & Associates provider might recommend:
- Soaking the corn or callus in warm water until your skin softens
- Removing the corn or callus with a pumice stone or an emery board
- Applying moisturizing cream to your corns and calluses
- Wearing shoes that leave plenty of room for your feet and toes
If you have diabetes or another health problem that affects your circulation, your provider might recommend wound care to reduce the risk of infection or gangrene.
To receive treatment for calluses and corns, make an appointment at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates by calling the office or booking online today.