Corns & calluses
CORNS & CALLUSES
Frequently Asked Questions
Corns and calluses are caused by constant pressure, friction, and strain on the skin and can make walking and wearing shoes uncomfortable and painful.
Our expert podiatrists, Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Gregory Larsen offer comprehensive treatments for corns and calluses to help you regain smooth, soft feet.
Schedule an appointment with the expert team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, with two locations in Pleasanton and Universal City in San Antonio, Texas. Use the online booking tool or call the office nearest you.
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corns & calluses
At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, your doctor examines your foot to identify the exact cause of your corns and calluses and prescribe the right treatment. If a hammertoe or other bone deformities is the cause, he may recommend surgery to correct the bone.
Trimming the corn or callus is a temporary measure and can provide short-term relief. The use of softening creams (we like uric acid creams ) can be very helpful in making the callus softer and less painful. If you are not a diabetic, corn removers can be helpful.
Your podiatrist may shave off the thickened skin to prevent infection or an ulcer by carefully trimming it with a scalpel. Do not try scraping it off yourself. If you do, you might end up with an infection or damage your skin.
If your corn or callus has been present for a long time, then something MUST CHANGE if you want to get rid of it.
Dr. Silvester and his team believe you have two choices to make that change:
CHANGE THE EARTH
This means the environment that the foot lives in has to change. One of the more effective therapies is to change shoe gear so there is a little more room for the toes and bumps on the feet. Shoes with a little extra depth can be used with a good arch support and cushioned insole.
Orthotics are terrific for offloading shear forces on the feet. They can be used to control the foot function so that there is significantly less shear force and pressure in the areas where the callus is being developed.
CHANGE THE FOOT
There are surgical options for dealing with corns and calluses. Tendons can be lengthened, bunion deformities can be corrected, bone prominences can be removed with a rasp.
These are actually more frequently performed in patients with diabetes because of the increased risk of a foot ulcer. It is common that we do these procedures after the foot ulcer has occurred. It is remarkable how quickly chronic foot ulcers can heal once the pressure has been removed or decreased by surgical procedure.
ADVANCED TREATMENTS & SURGERIES
Dr. Silvester and Dr. Larsen specialize in many advanced minimally and non-invasive treatments, and if necessary, advanced minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques with patient proven success stories.
Some of those are used to treat corns & calluses, such as:
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Calluses that are associated with the significant deformities such as a bunion, a tailor’s bunion, along metatarsal ex cetera usually just disappear if the deformity is corrected. It is quite remarkable.
Once the deformity goes away the forces that were causing the callus go away and it disappears.
Sometime tendons are too tight and are causing calluses. These can easily be lengthened and give significant relief.
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