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Thickened patches of skin on your foot aren’t just an unsightly problem; they may indicate that you have a foot deformity or are wearing ill-fitting shoes. If you have corns or calluses on your feet, the podiatrists at InStride Family Foot Care, with locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, Gastonia, and Monroe, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, provide in-office treatments. Book your corn and callus exam through the website or call any office to speak with a team member directly.
Corns and calluses are different types of thickened skin that develop because of excessive pressure and friction. Usually, corns form on non-weight-bearing areas, while calluses develop on weight-bearing parts of your foot.
Corns are raised bumps that are small, rough, and thick. They occur when underlying bone rubs the inside of your shoe regularly, which irritates your skin and causes it to thicken. Having hammertoes is one of the most common causes of corns.
Calluses are bigger and broader than corns, but develop for the same reasons. If you have calluses, overly dry skin (possibly from diabetes), ill-fitting shoes that are too tight or too big, or repetitive motions can all be to blame.
Calluses are more likely to occur as you get older because you have less fatty tissue under your skin and thus, less padding. They often form on your heels and the balls of your feet, as well as over bunions.
Yes! Even though they’re not a serious medical issue, corns and calluses are symptoms of an underlying issue. This can be particularly concerning for anyone who is at risk of slow-healing wounds and infections, including those with diabetes. It’s important to come in to InStride Family Foot Care for an evaluation if your corns and calluses are:
You should also come in to InStride Family Foot Care if your corns are associated with visible foot deformities, such as bunions, hammertoes, or mallet toes.
InStride Family Foot Care podiatrists provide in-office corn and callus removal services. Your podiatrist can carefully exfoliate dead skin and remove corns and calluses with a surgical scalpel. To help your skin heal and to prevent further issues with corns and calluses, your podiatrist may also:
Corns and calluses are never something you should try to treat on your own. Improper removal can lead to a serious infection, which can become very complicated to treat.
Before your corns and calluses worsen any further, book an exam at InStride Family Foot Care to start treatment. Schedule through the website or call the office nearest you to book a visit today.