Both corns and calluses are build-ups of hard skin on the feet which can be tender and painful. They can be frustrating, too, because when you get rid of one, another always seems to appear. Here, we give you tips on how to get rid of corns and calluses – not just once, but for good…
What Are Corns And Calluses?
Corns and calluses are both hardened lumps of skin. Corns are smaller and usually appear on bony areas (such as toes) and in between the toes. Calluses are larger patches of rough skin that tend to appear on the underside of the foot. Both can cause pain, particularly when you are wearing shoes.
How To Treat Them…
Corns and calluses can be treated in the same way. Most people can try treating them at home at first, but if you have any pre existing issues with your feet, or conditions such as diabetes, then you should visit a podiatrist rather than trying at-home treatments. Otherwise, you can try:
- Soaking your feet in warm water, for about five to ten minutes or until the skin has softened.
- When you have done this, use a pumice stone to gently file the area of hardened skin. Make sure that you do not use too much pressure – you shouldn’t feel any pain.
- Apply a good moisturising cream daily. You will want to use one which does not contain too many perfumes or other ingredients that could aggravate your skin.
How To Make Sure Corns And Calluses Stay Away…
When you have got rid of corns and calluses, it’s important to find out the reason you got them in the first place. Then, you have more chance of avoiding them in the future. Here are some of the main reasons that they appear:
- Ill-fitting shoes, or shoes which don’t have much cushioning. Tight shoes (including high heels) squeeze areas of your feet and that pressure can lead to corns and calluses. If your shoes are too loose, the sliding and rubbing can irritate your skin, leading to a build-up of skin. Try getting your feet professionally measured, and make sure that any shoes you buy are comfortable and well-fitting.
- Not wearing socks. If you often wear sandals or other shoes without socks, your feet will be missing that extra layer of cushioning that helps to cushion your skin.
- Spending a lot of time on your feet. If you do a lot of walking or running, you may be more prone to corns and calluses. Make sure that you wear good, well-fitting running shoes and change them promptly when they begin to erode.
Banish Them For Good With A Visit To A Podiatrist
Whilst at-home treatments may work for some, a podiatrist will be able to properly diagnose your issues and give you professional help and advice to get you moving again. At Northwich Foot Clinic, our podiatrists are highly skilled and experienced in the treatment of corns and calluses. You can book your appointment through our online booking system.