Corns And Calluses: A Common Problem That Is Easily Treated
Corns and calluses are thickened, hard areas of skin which are your skin’s response to friction and pressure. They usually develop on the feet and toes or hands and fingers. Healthy people normally don’t need treatment for calluses and corns; they have to be treated only if they cause discomfort. And be caful because some corns may have very bad consequences!
Get rid of the sources of friction and pressure, and corns and calluses will disappear on their own.
It’s a different story for people with diabetes or other conditions that cause poor blood flow to the feet. If you have such a condition, it’s better to consult a doctor for proper treatment of corns and calluses.
If you have a corn or a callus, you will notice:
- a thick, rough area of skin;
- a hardened, raised bump;
- softness or pain under your skin;
- flaky, dry or waxy skin.
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Corns and calluses are different. Corns are smaller than calluses and have a hard or soft core with inflamed skin around it. Corns usually develop on the tops and sides of your toes, sometimes between your toes. They can be painful to the touch. Calluses aren’t painful. They can form on the soles of your feet, on your palms, or on your knees.
If a corn or callus causes pain or is inflamed, consult your doctor. If you suffer from diabetes or poor blood flow, consult a doctor before trying to treat the problem on your own, because even a small injury can cause an ulcer on the affected area.
As it was mentioned above, calluses and corns form as a result of pressure and friction. Here’s what can cause excessive pressure and friction:
- wearing shoes that don’t fit well;
- not wearing socks with your shoes;
- playing musical instruments and using hand tools.
There are certain risk factors for the development of corns and calluses:
- other foot deformities, such as bone spurs;
- leaving your hands unprotected when using hand tools.
There are ways to treat a corn or a callus at home, but if you have diabetes or poor blood flow, consult your doctor before trying them:
- use non-prescription pads;
- soak your hands or feet in warm soapy water to make a callus or a corn softer and remove the hardened skin with pumice stone, nail file, emery board or washcloth; don’t use sharp objects for this procedure;
- moisturize the skin on your feet or hands;
- wear comfortable shoes and socks.
Source: Mayo Clinic
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