Find out the most effective methods for ridding your feet of these unsightly but common issues.
At some point during your lifetime, you will probably end up dealing with a corn or callus, a rough, thick patch of skin that is the result of friction or excessive pressure (a common occurrence in those who wear tight or loose shoes that rub against the feet when you walk). While corns and calluses are designed to protect your skin from more damage, we know that they can often be unsightly and even uncomfortable. Our Moorestown, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Howard Abramsohn, is here to tell you how to treat corns and calluses, as well as how to prevent them.
How can I treat my corn or callus myself?
Most people want to handle simple foot problems without having to come into the office. While there are certainly a handful of foot and ankle issues that can be treated from the comfort of your own home it’s also important to recognize when an issue requires the attention of our Moorestown foot doctor. Not all foot problems can or should be treated at home.
With that said, there are some ways to help the corn or callus heal more effectively. With the help of a pumice stone, which you can find in the foot care aisle of your local drugstore, you will be able to remove some of that thickened dead skin to reveal the fresh, healthy skin underneath.
Of course, you don’t want to put a pumice stone to dry skin. You’ll want to soften the skin first by soaking the affected foot in warm water for a couple of minutes. This will soften the skin, making it easier to pumice away the patches of dead skin.
Also be careful and gentle when using a pumice stone, as you don’t want to take off too much skin (this could lead to an infection). Once you have treated the corn or callus you’ll want to apply a moisturizer to the area to keep the skin supple and to prevent the hard layer of skin from forming again.
If you find that certain areas are prone to developing corns or calluses then you’ll want to take a look at the shoes you are wearing to make sure they aren’t too tight or small. You should be able to wiggle your toes around and they should never be bunched up. Furthermore, shoes should offer the soles and arches of your feet enough support and cushioning.
When should I visit a foot doctor?
First and foremost, it is important that if you have been diagnosed with diabetes or if you have nerve damage in your feet that you do not try to treat any foot problems by yourself. This could lead to more serious complications. It’s important that the first thing you do is give us a call. If you notice that you develop corns and calluses regularly or if the skin is painful it’s also time to give us a call.
Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, NJ, can help you with any foot issues you are dealing with. Don’t go through problems alone. We can provide your feet or ankles with the care they need anytime you need it.