Corns & Calluses

When we walk or stand, our body weight is carried first on the heel and then on the ball of the foot, where the skin is thicker, to withstand the pressure. When this pressure becomes excessive, some areas of the skin thicken, in the form of corns and callus, as a protective response. A callus is an extended area of thickened skin on the soles of the feet, and occurs on areas of pressure. The most common corns are found on the 5th or “smallest” toe. These can be the most painful when they rub up against shoes or boots during daily activity.

• Use coverings or bandages over the sore to decrease friction on the skin until the sore heals.
• Apply moisturizing agents such as lotions to dry calluses and corns.
• Rub pumice stone over hard thickened regions.
• A biomechanical examination by a chiropodist can determine the cause and treatment can follow