Why Do I Get Corns and Calluses on My Feet?

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Corns and calluses form as a normal and natural response to the irritation and pressure that is caused by weight-bearing and by poorly fitting shoes. Many calluses are not painful in the beginning, but when they continue to form on the heels and balls of the feet the skin becomes progressively more dry and brittle. Painful fissures can result, possibly leading to infection.

Corns can also become very painful, especially when they form on top of hammertoes and rub against the inside of your shoes.

Some excellent treatment for corns and calluses include the following:

  • Wear proper shoes—Wearing properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box will help prevent friction and reduce corn and callus formation.

  • Use insulating pads—Applying insulating pads around corns will help them to heal.

  • Warm water soaks—These will help to soften dead skin for easier removal

  • Acid treatments—Salicylic acid is used to gradually dissolve corns

Since corns and calluses are often symptoms of other problems, see your foot doctor for the best treatment and to avoid causing any cuts that could become infected. This is especially true for patients who have diabetes and the corresponding foot numbness that can make it difficult to detect cracks and abrasions.

If you are suffering from painful corns and calluses on your feet, your foot doctor is the one to call for the proper treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.