Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
Podiatrists located in Edison, Monroe, & Monmouth Junction, NJ
Corns and calluses are unattractive, uncomfortable, and sometimes downright painful if you don’t get proper treatment. The skilled podiatry care team at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care in Edison, Monroe, and Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, has the corn and callus answers you need to enjoy smooth and pain-free feet again. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
Corns & Callouses Q & A
What are corns and calluses?
Corns and calluses are tough, thick layers of dead skin on your feet.
Corns are round growths that usually appear on the tops of your toes and other areas that don’t bear weight. They can also grow between your toes. Occasionally, corns can also develop on the soles or balls of your feet, where they can be quite painful. Rigid, dry corns are known as hard corns, while pliable ones are soft corns.
Calluses, which usually appear on the soles, sides or balls of your feet, are usually bigger than corns. They're not typically painful, but they can be quite unattractive and uncomfortable.
Sometimes corns and calluses may be confused with another foot problem. For example, calluses can sometimes look like plantar warts, so it's important to see your Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis.
What causes corns and calluses?
There are several common causes of corns and calluses, including:
- Poor foot mechanics
- Ill-fitting shoes that don't distribute your weight properly
- Shoes that constantly rub or press against the top of your toes
- Not wearing socks
Sometimes, other foot problems can increase the risk of corns and calluses. For example, a hammertoe that pushes your toe up into a clawlike position can also cause a callus due to constant contact with your shoe. Other foot conditions that may contribute to a corn or callus forming include bone spurs and bunions.
How can I remove corns and calluses?
Corn and callus removal is best trusted to your experienced board-certified podiatrist at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care. Your podiatrist can treat corns and calluses based on severity and how they're affecting your life. Treatment may include:
- Removing excess skin, a minor in-office procedure
- Topical salicylic acid patches to remove calluses gradually
- Orthotics that reposition your foot and redistribute weight to relieve pressure
It's usually quite rare to need surgery for corns or calluses. But if the problem is triggered by a bone deformity or alignment problem, surgery may be the best solution.
Your Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care podiatrist can help you get rid of corns and calluses permanently. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
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