Corns & Calluses – Armadale

corns-and-callusesA callus is an area of hard,thickened skin on the foot that is formed in response to pressure and/or friction.

When pressure is concentrated in a small area, a corn, which has a central core, may develop. If the pressure is not relieved, calluses and corns can become painful.

Common sites of corns and calluses are the ball of the foot, under the big toe, tips of the toes and any bony prominence. Soft corns may develop between the toes, where skin is moist from sweat or inadequate drying. Sometimes, the pressure of a corn or callus may produce inflammation, which can result in pain, swelling and redness.

Corns and callus may be signs of an underlying foot disorder, such as joint deformities. People at high risk of corns and callus include the elderly, anyone who stands for long periods of time, people with feet that roll inwards (flat feet) and people who regularly wear ill-fitting shoes.

The body protects skin tissues from pressure or friction damage by producing an area of hard skin so, unless the cause of the pressure is found and removed, callus and corns will continue to form. Incorrect use of home treatments can damage healthy surrounding skin with a risk of infection, so it is always a good option to consult one of our experienced podiatrists who can not only professionally reduce the corns and calluses but advise on effective pressure and friction relief to prevent recurrence.