- Wear thick cushioned socks
- Wear wide comfortable shoes with a low heel and soft sole that don’t rub
- Use soft insoles or heel pads in your shoes
- Soak corns and calluses in warm water to soften them
- Regularly use a pumice stone or foot file to remove hard skin
- Moisturise to help keep skin soft
Corns / Calluses
Corns / Calluses are areas of hard, thickened skin that develop
when the skin is exposed to excessive pressure or friction.
They commonly occur on the feet and can cause pain and discomfort when you walk.
Causes and Consequences of Untreated Corns
Corns will not get better unless the cause of the pressure is removed. If it isn’t removed then the skin could become thicker and more painful over time.
Characteristics of Calluses
Calluses are hard, rough areas of skin that are often yellowish in colour. They usually develop around the heel area or on the skin under the ball of the foot or when the feet are dry.
Why do Calluses develop
Calluses develop when the skin rubs against something, such as a bone, a shoe or the ground. They often form over the ball of your foot because this area takes most of your weight when you walk.
How are Calluses removed
The podiatrist will be able to remove corns/ calluses using a sharp blade to remove the thickened area of skin. This is painless and should help reduce pain and discomfort. They can also provide advice on self-care and prescribe special insoles.
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