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October 10, 2014
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Flat Feet   callus   Corns  

“Ouch, my feet hurt!” is a complaint that we hear on a daily basis from many of our patients here in Cambridge.  On examination, many of these patients present with corns or calluses. For those of you who are unaware, corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin, which is also known as hyperkeratosis. Specifically, a callus is a diffuse area of thickened skin, while a corn is a small localized area of thick skin in which a deeper nucleus is present. Much of the time, calluses and corns do not cause pain- they simply occur due to the wear and tear of everyday life. However, once in a while, corns and callus become pathological; that is, they become painful and can disrupt mobility.

So why do we get corns and calluses?

There are some specific health conditions which can predispose a patient to developing painful corns and callus, some of which may include:  foot deformities like claw toes, hammertoes or bunions, diabetic neuropathy, and arthritis. Often, though, calluses and corns arise from a patient’s natural foot type. An example of a foot type is “flat feet,” also known as pes planus, which occur in a certain proportion of the population, and can also cause pain. Because the flat foot contacts the ground differently than a foot with a more defined arch, a flat foot can lead to the development of pathological callus. There are many different foot types, or mechanical problems can predispose an individual to  callus and corn development.

How are callus and corns treated?

There are a few options for treating corns and calluses. The most common method involves routine debridement of problem areas. A chiropodist will use a scalpel to cut off the painful thickened skin. This does not cause the patient any pain. In general, a patient will have to return for debridement every 6-8 weeks. Alternatively, if calluses and corns are developing due to a mechanical problem, then orthotics may represent a more long-term and effective treatment option. Orthotics are in-shoe devices that can help correct faulty foot mechanics that lead to the callus developing in the first place. Finally, reducing callus and corns may be as simple as changing footwear. Footwear that is too tight, lacks the appropriate depth, or causes pain in any way can lead to callus and corn development.

To end the cycle of callus development, call our office at 519-624-4122 – our Chiropodist can help! 

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