Calluses and corns are often lumped into the same category, but don’t be confused. Both are caused by friction, however, there are significant variances between these common foot conditions.
There are two primary differences: location and sensation. Calluses are typically found on the parts of the feet that are subject to pressure. Found most often on the ball-of-the-foot and the heel, these areas of thick skin are the body’s way of providing protection. Unlike a corn, they are not painful. However, they can become unpleasant in appearance if not addressed. The skin may be scaly and raised with a rough feel. Often noticed immediately on the hands, most people do not inspect the feet as routinely.
Why did these areas form?
Friction is the obvious answer, but there’s more to the story. If your feet are rubbing against your socks or shoes, there is a reason. Ask yourself:
- Do my shoes fit well? Shoes that are too tight or too loose can cause this problem. If you haven’t had your feet measured recently, take time to have this done by an expert. An evaluation at Absolute Foot Care Specialists will help you to understand the cause of your foot condition and the footwear that will best fit your needs.
- Is the style comfortable? Some styles have straps or seams that are uncomfortable, so keep that in mind when choosing footwear. Women should avoid shoes with high heels.
- Do I wear socks? The hot Las Vegas temperatures may make socks seem impractical, but they do provide great protection for the feet. Choose lightweight, breathable materials in a form-fitting sock for the best results. If you do go sockless with your favorite sandals, make sure that the straps are adjusted correctly.
Calluses, Deformities, and Diabetes--Beware!
If you have a bunion or hammertoe, this condition will often develop. Custom orthotics can relieve the pressure caused by these deformities and aid in the prevention of thickened skin. Dr. Levine understands that your feet carry you through each day. He provides award-winning care to keep you and your feet headed in the right direction.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should never ignore a callus. Their diagnosis and treatment should always be addressed in a medical setting to prevent infection and additional problems. Our three Las Vegas locations provide callus care and expert treatment for the diabetic foot.
An exam will aid in the diagnosis of this condition. In some cases, x-ray imaging will help to determine if there is a related physical problem. Since there is often no pain associated, you may not need treatment. However, trimming is one way to address the thickened areas of skin. This procedure should always be done in the sterile setting of one of our offices. Salicylic acid can be purchases over-the-counter, and may also be used in the office. A pumice stone can also help to maintain callus-free feet! If a mechanical defect of the foot is causing the callus, surgery may be required to fix the issue. The callus itself is just a symptom, and invasive measures are not used in treatment.
The feet face immense pressure on a daily basis. Do your part to protect them with regular self-exams and visits to Absolute Foot Care Specialists when you see a problem. Call or request an appointment on-line today, and keep your feet in great working condition!