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Alleviating Corn & Callus Pain

  • Dr. Bruce Zappan
  • November 10, 2017

Both corns and calluses are created as the body responds to friction and pressure on the feet. Corns can form where toes rub against each other, and can also form on top of the toes in response to rubbing against footwear. Calluses are generally larger than corns, and tend to appear on the heels and balls of the feet where the pressure is generally the highest. Excessive stress from sporting activities and abnormal gait mechanics can contribute to the formation of these conditions.

If your corns and calluses are not especially painful, you can try the following home remedies:

  • Insulating pads—Moleskin and foam pads can be placed on corns and calluses to decrease rubbing and pressure.
  • Foot soaks and abrasives—Calluses can be softened by soaking in warm, soapy water. A special foot file or pumice stone will help slough off the dead skin.
  • Overnight moisture treatment—For heavily cracked heels, apply a moisturizing cream and cover your feet with socks. Leave overnight, and treat calluses in the morning by removing the dead skin with a pumice stone or foot file.

Your walking style, hip rotation, and foot structure can all contribute to the formation of corns and calluses. Have your feet evaluated by your foot doctor to see how custom orthotic inserts can redistribute and remove much of the pressure on the skin that is causing these problems.

A painful or infected corn or callus may require surgery for complete relief. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, it is important to see a foot specialist to receive the correct care. Bruce B. Zappan, D.P.M. of Medical Arts Podiatry Associates in Philadelphia, PA provides patients with proper evaluation and recommendations for treatment. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or make an appointment with our office at 215-563-2560.