Calluses and corns form due to friction, rubbing, or constant pressure. If these thickened areas of skin make walking painful, consult the podiatrists at Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC. Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein offer lifestyle treatments and other therapies to help reduce the friction that causes calluses to form. If you live in the Inwood-Washington Heights section of Manhattan, New York, or the Rockland County, area, call the office or use the online booking agent to learn about callus and corn treatment options.
A callus feels hard and rough and can occur anywhere along the bottom of your feet. They tend to spread out and take up space.
A corn is a small patch of thick skin with a little plug in the center and usually forms on the tops and sides of your toes.
There are two types of corns: soft and seed. Soft corns can form between the toes and appear rubbery. Seed corns develop on the bottom of your feet and might be a result of blocked sweat glands.
Corns can be more painful to the touch, and the skin surrounding them is often inflamed.
Several issues can cause corns or calluses. These include:
A plantar callus is thick, dead skin on the bottom of your foot. A plantar wart forms when a virus enters your body through a cut in your skin. Both are harmless but can cause pain.
You may suspect a wart rather than a callus if the suspicious area forms in a location that experiences minimal friction. At Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC, the doctors can remove plantar warts using laser therapy.
Having calluses or corns increases your risk of developing hammertoe, a deformity in which your toe bends downward. They can also be a symptom of a hammertoe. Corns and calluses may indicate that you’re wearing ill-fitting shoes, which can lead to the toe deformity.
Over-the-counter topical treatments can help thin the thickened skin that’s forming corns and calluses. If you have diabetes, consult the doctors immediately when you identify a corn, as it could develop into a more severe condition quickly, such as an infection or pain that distorts your gait.
The doctors at Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC also offer orthotic inserts to treat corns. These inserts help your shoes fit better, reducing friction and possibly improving your gait.
You don’t have to endure calluses and corns, call or schedule an appointment online.