Corns and Callus
Corns and Callus: What are they?
Corns and callus are thickened layers of hard dead skin. They do not have a root. Corns and callus occur due to long-standing extra pressure and/or friction on a particular point of the foot. This pressure can be due to high or tight shoes, a bony point on the foot such as a bunion, arthritis, constantly walking in an abnormal way (abnormal gait pattern), or a high level of activity.
Will Corns and Callus Return?
Yes. Once the stimulus creating the extra pressure remains unchanged, hard skin and/or corns generally build up again in approximately 6 – 8 weeks.
What Can Be Done to Help?
To help reduce the amount of hard skin that builds up it is important to reduce the pressure on that area of the foot. One of the best ways to do this is by wearing footwear that contains as many of the following features as possible:
Wide, Deep and seamless toe-box
Velcro or lace up fastenings
Low broad heel
Padding, gel cushions, toe props, insoles and orthotics may also help to reduce or redistribute the pressure.
Do I Need to Do Anything Following Chiropody Treatment?
Following removal of hard skin or corns the area can be soft & tender. This usually resolves in a few days. Occasionally corns may bleed when they are removed. It is important to wash and dry the area well. Put a protective cover on the area for a few days following treatment. It can help to elongate time periods between visits by applying cream daily or putting padding on the feet.
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