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Calluses and Corns

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by Alan R
 

Treatment

Treatment of calluses and corns usually includes self-care and medication. In severe cases, minor surgery may be necessary. People with diabetes or circulatory problems should always see a medical doctor or podiatrist for treatment. Self-treatment may lead to severe infection in these individuals.

Self-Care

For calluses:
  • Wear gloves, thick socks, or padding to protect skin.
  • Thin the callus by rubbing with a pumice stone while bathing.
For corns:
  • Wear properly fitting shoes.
  • Remove bunching of socks, irritating stitching from socks, or any other irritant.
  • Thin the callus by rubbing with a pumice stone while bathing.
  • Try using doughnut-shaped corn pads, which may relieve pressure on corns.

Medication

Applying keratin-dissolving medication (such as salicylic acid) can help dissolve calluses and corns more quickly. Apply medicine carefully because it contains acid that may damage nearby healthy skin.

Minor Surgery

In severe cases, calluses and corns may need to be shaved off with a scalpel by a doctor. More extensive surgery may be needed to correct foot deformities that cause extremely painful or debilitating corns.
If you are diagnosed as having a callus or corn, follow your doctor's instructions .
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians
http://www.aafp.org

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
http://www.aofas.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Orthopaedic Association
http://www.coa-aco.org

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
http://www.canorth.org

 

References


Callus. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com . Updated August 27, 2012. Accessed September 14, 2012.


Corn. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com . Updated August 27, 2012. Accessed September 14, 2012.


Corns. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00153 . Updated March 2001. Accessed July 24, 2012.


Corns and calluses. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/corns-and-calluses/DS00033 . Updated May 24, 2012. Accessed July 24, 2012.

 

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