Calluses and Corns
Calluses and corns are hard or dense areas of skin, that although are not usually serious can look unsightly, cause stone like bruising or needle pricking pain and potentially cause a change in our gait or stance.
Callus are usually caused by running, walking long distances, standing for long periods or trauma from wearing ill-fitting (usually tight) shoes with constant friction exerted on the foot.
Corns are usually smaller and rounded in shape. Formed from smaller areas of intense pressure or irritation. They usually sit over a bony prominence where there is a lack of natural cushioning, such as the joint of the toes.
Depending on the severity of the problem, Callus and Corns may require debriding by a foot care professional, then maintained using a few simple techniques. If either are causing pain, changing the way you walk, or you have a complicated medical history it is important to receive advice and treatment by a foot specialist.
Look after your feet to prevent hard callus by:
Wear thick cushioned socks
Use soft insoles or heel pads, consider changing your shoes for a better fitting pair.
Soak corns and calluses in warm water to soften
Remove hard skin with pumice stone or foot file.
Moisturise feet with a high urea-based cream.
do not try to cut off corns or calluses yourself
do not walk long distances or stand for long periods
do not wear high heels or tight pointy shoes or go barefoot.