Almost everyone experiences corns and calluses on occasion, but if you have diabetes or another circulatory condition, they may increase your risk of infection or other more serious issues. At Gentle Foot and Ankle Care, the team of expert podiatrists provides complete care for corns and calluses. To make an appointment at the practice in Madison Heights, Troy, Commerce Township, or South Lyon, Michigan, call the nearest office, or click the online booking feature today.
Corns and calluses are rough, thickened areas of skin that occur due to friction or pressure. They can develop anywhere on the body but are especially common on the toes and heels, where the skin rubs against your socks or shoes.
Corns and calluses usually aren’t something to worry about. They typically aren’t painful and most resolve on their own with time.
Even so, If you have diabetes or another condition that affects blood flow to your feet, it’s important to get treated. Otherwise, you’re at risk of infection and gangrene.
Symptoms of corns and calluses include:
Over time, you might also notice the corn or callus turning red or being warm to the touch.
Corns and calluses are often mentioned together, but there are differences, including:
Corns are smaller than calluses and look similar to a blister. They’re round, painful, and have a hard center that mimics the appearance of a popcorn kernel. Corns usually develop on the non-weight-bearing areas of your feet, like the sides or tops of your toes.
Calluses typically aren’t painful. They develop on the heels or soles of your feet and vary in shape or size.
Anyone can experience corns and calluses, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience corns and calluses if you wear shoes that are too tight or too loose.
To diagnose corns and calluses, the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care asks about your symptoms and reviews your health history. Then, they ask you to remove your shoes and socks and physically examine your feet and toes.
Corns and calluses are visible to the eye, but if your provider suspects a structural abnormality is causing them, they might also order X-rays.
Treatment of corns and calluses depends on how many you have, their location, and the severity of your symptoms.
Usually, the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care recommends conservative measures like trimming away excess skin, taking a callus-removing medication, or wearing shoe inserts.
If you experience corns and calluses due to a misalignment of the bones or joints in your feet, your provider might recommend surgery.
To explore the various treatment options for corns and calluses, make an appointment at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.