A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin and they can usually occur over bony prominences or in areas where there is repeated friction and pressure. Calluses and corns have painful nerves and bursal sacs (fluid-filled balloons that act as shock absorbers) beneath them, causing symptoms ranging from sharp, shooting pain to dull and aching soreness. They can be disabling, and in a diabetic can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
A corn is a localized thickening of the skin due to pressure. Often corns develop a core which is often referred to as the "root" by patients. Corns can be very painful, especially if there is inflammation and swelling around the corn. Improperly fitting shoes are a leading cause of corns. Toe deformities, such as hammertoe or claw toe, also can lead to corns. Long term, stopping the pressure and getting rid of what is causing the pressure is the answer to corn and calluses.
You should be careful with over-the counter callus remover that have strong acids as they can cause chemical burns when not used correctly. If you need assistance relieving calluses corns, contact our office. In a visit to our podiatrist your calluses and corns can be trimmed and comfortable padding or insoles applied to relieve pressure over-the- these painful areas.
Specialised consultation and care for corns and calluses at Temple Clinic in Ealing, West London