Many people take it as a compliment when they are told that they have tough skin. In the world of podiatry, this “tough skin” can become problematic. Corns and calluses can become tender and painful very quickly. A trained Podiatrist such as Dr. James C. Ricketti or Dr. Stephen J. Skokan from James C. Ricketti, DPM in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, can help.

Corns and calluses are both from a whole lot of dead skin. Usually there is so much pressure in one area of the foot that it leads to the skin slowly dying and building up to become a corn or a callus. The more weight and stress the area is dealt, the thicker the corn and callus becomes. Essentially the dead skin continues to build up on itself and create a barrier of protection. This is helpful initially because it protects the foot in the beginning, but over time it can become a lesion and cause more grave problems.

While corns are typically found on the toes, calluses are found on the bottom of the foot. Both corns and calluses are the same type of lesion. The main difference is their location and their formation.

Treatment

A trained podiatrist such as Dr. Ricketti or Dr. Skokan can cut down the corn or callus. After they are cut the foot doctor would then wrap them up with a protective covering, such as gauze, for temporary relief. True relief comes from relieving the pressure that is causing the corns and the calluses to begin with. In order to permanently prevent pressure, you can buy new shoes, acquire custom orthotics, or have foot surgery. Shoes that are too tight or too narrow will cause pressure at the top of the foot. This pressure slowly builds and can cause corns on the sides of the toes. People who are on their feet all day with ill-fitting shoes tend to get these corns. Shoes that have a lot of support, have enough room at all points, and are laced appropriately can help alleviate corns. Orthotics that are inserted into shoes can also assist in relieving pressure on the foot. The right orthotic can help the heel, and the bottom of the foot with stability and prevent calluses from forming. Surgery, can help remove a corn and callus, and can reconstruct a deformity that may be causing the corn or callus to begin with.

If you suspect that you have a corn or callus and want it treated. Call our office at 609-587-1674 or make an appointment. Healthy feet are our top priority.

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