What is a Callus?
A callus (corn) is a thickened or hardened part of the skin or soft tissue, especially in an area that has been subjected to friction or increased pressure. Calluses are yellowish or pale in color. Calluses and corns are not normally harmful but sometimes they may lead to infections or ulcerations of the skin and can be painful, especially among people with diabetes who have neuropathy (loss of sensation) and/or poor circulation in their feet.
- Anything that causes pressure or friction on the skin
- Shoes that are too tight or high-heeled
- Socks that do not fit well
- Wearing no socks
- Walking barefoot regularly, as the skin will thicken to protect itself
- Repeated actions such as jogging or walking in a particular way
- Older age, as there is less fatty tissue in the skin, which means less padding and a higher risk of developing calluses, especially on the ball of the foot. Especially Patients with diabetes,
- poor circulation, fragile skin, or peripheral neuropathy should talk to their doctor before treating corns and calluses at home.
Do NOT use any callus/corn removal treatments because they can burn your skin or lead to a wound or ulcer and infections. If you have a callus/corn that is painful please contact us at the office for treatment. These painful lesions can easily be relieved by the painless trimming of these corns and calluses.
If you are a diabetic or have poor circulation and have a callus or corn, please call the office immediately for an appointment before the callus/corn leads to an ulcer.