Corns and calluses are caused by constant pressure, friction, and strain on the skin and can make walking and wearing shoes uncomfortable and painful. Expert podiatrists Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Boyd Bills 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.

What’s the difference between corns and calluses?

There are a few differences between corns and calluses that should help you identify which one you have for proper treatment.

Calluses are larger than corns and rarely painful. They’re flat areas of tough and thickened skin that appear in weight-bearing areas. They are your body’s way of protecting the inner layers of your skin.

Unlike calluses, corns have a core that points inward. They are conical in shape and are often surrounded by inflamed skin. As a result of the core pointing inward, they can press against nerves and cause pain, especially when you apply pressure on them. They often appear in non-weight bearing areas.

What causes corns and calluses?

Any activity that increases friction on your foot can cause corns and calluses, but your chances of getting them to increase with age. Men and women over the age of 65 are often affected by corns and calluses.

Asides from friction, they might appear as symptoms of a more severe problem like hammertoes and bunions. If you continuously wear shoes that fit poorly — too tight or narrow, for example — corns and calluses will appear to protect your skin. The longer you keep those shoes on, the more buildup there will be.

Will my corn or callus go away without treatment?

Corns and calluses go away when you eliminate the cause of the friction and rubbing. If yours are caused by ill-fitting shoes, replacing those with more comfortable shoes or orthotics eventually alleviates the corn or callus.

However, if your corns or calluses are caused by a foot deformity like bunions, or if you have diabetes or poor circulation, you need to seek treatment from a doctor.

How are corn and calluses treated?

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.

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.

Call the friendly staff or book your appointment online today to begin treatment for your corns and calluses.

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