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Corns & Callouses Specialist

Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Edison, Woodbridge, Springfield & Linden, NJ

Scaly skin is most likely to form where there’s friction, such as on the feet. This can result in corns and calluses. At Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists, with locations in Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Springfield, and Linden, New Jersey, a team of experienced podiatrists routinely treats this cause for discomfort. They target the root causes, often through lifestyle modifications and other non-surgical approaches. To find out more, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Corns & Callouses Q & A

What are corns and calluses? 

Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin caused by recurring friction. It’s your skin’s protective action against constant pressure. Corns and calluses can be unsightly, annoying, and even painful. They’re most common in areas, such as between your toes, where pressure occurs frequently. It’s prevalent for athletes to develop corns and calluses, mainly if footwear is too tight.

You likely have a corn or callus if you notice any of the following signs.

  • Thick, rough area of skin
  • A large raised bump
  • Pain underneath your skin
  • Dry, flaky skin

In most cases, corns and calluses will go away on their own. You only need to seek professional treatment if they cause severe discomfort. 

What’s the difference between corns and calluses? 

Corns are typically smaller than calluses and have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. They generally occur on the sides and tops of your feet and between your toes. They can be painful when there’s pressure on them. 

Calluses, on the other hand, usually aren’t painful. They tend to form on the soles or balls of your feet or under your heels. Calluses are generally more prominent than corns.

What causes corns and calluses? 

Since friction and pressure in and around your toes is the main culprit of corns and calluses, the causes usually stem from footwear. 

Repetitive action, such as running for athletes, inside tight-fitting shoes, is a very common cause of corns and calluses. Also, opting not to wear socks, particularly with tight shoes, is almost a surefire way to develop corns and calluses. 

Having underlying issues, such as hammertoes, bunions, or other foot deformities, can also increase your risk of having a corn or callus form.

How do you treat corns and calluses? 

In most cases, corns and calluses will heal on their own. If the problem persists, the team at Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists generally treats corns and calluses with conservative, non-surgical approaches. 

They can trim excess skin in a carefully measured fashion that won’t cause an infection and prescribe medication, such as special callus-removing patches you can apply. Orthotics can also help address underlying foot deformities that are contributing to your corn or callus.

If your corn or callus is causing great pain, a cortisone injection may help relieve it. If your corn or callus is quite large, a surgical reduction may be necessary.

To find out more about corns and calluses, call the Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists office nearest you or book your visit online today.