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Caring for Calluses

Most of us have experienced it. That rough bump on our feet. It feels weird and hard. Well, It could be a callus or a corn.

Calluses and corns are formed the same way. They are caused by friction and repeated rubbing against the skin. Corns are normally located on top of or in between the toes. Calluses are more common on the sides of your feet or your heels.

Don’t worry. Callus formation is a healthy and normal response to abnormal rubbing or irritation. The skin gets rough and hard in order to protect itself from damage. Rubbing can be a result of too much pressure on the feet against the ground or ill-fitting shoes.

Some people are more prone to developing calluses or corns just like some people are more prone to getting sunburned. No matter how the calluses develop, there are treatments that you can do at home to relieve any discomfort.

  1. Soak the corn or callus in warm water - for 5 to 10 minutes or until the skin is soft

  2. File the corn or callus with a pumice stone - Dip the Pumice Stone in warm water and gently rub the callus in a circular motion. Careful not to rub too hard.

  3. Apply moisturizing lotion to the area daily- Look for a good moisturizer that soaks into your skin.

  4. Use padding. To protect calluses from further irritation during activity, cut a piece of moleskin – available at your local drugstore – into two half-moon shapes and place it around the callus. For smaller calluses or corns, you can also use a donut bandage.

  5. Wear shoes that properly fit. A common cause of corns is a shoe that isn’t the right size and shape for your foot. To get the right fit, shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet may be slightly swollen. Go in and get fitted for your shoes, especially if you exercise frequently.

  6. Keep your toenails trimmed. Toenails that are too long can force the toes to push up against your shoe, causing a corn to form over time. To remove this pressure, keep your toenails trimmed.

Although calluses and corns are normal, you can always come to see us at Gulf South Foot and Ankle. We will help get you on the right path to amazing foot health!

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