What are corns & callus?
Corns and callus refer to an area/ build up of tough thickened skin. This production of excessive thickness generally occurs on high pressure areas of the feet.
Corns and callous are similar in that they are made up of the same deadened skin (keratin) and form due to localised pressure.
Corns differ to callus in that they form a central core (a cone shape) that pushes into deeper levels of skin. The pain that you may feel is that of walking on a pebble.
Why do I have Corns & Callus?
Almost everyone will have a corn or callous at some point in their life, so you're not alone!
Corns and callous form as your skins own protective mechanism to the underlying tissue, joints or bone. Thos same protective mechanism can become a problem when too much keratin is formed. This may occur when:
More on Corns.....
There are actually different types of corns:
The most important thing to remember about treating calluses and corns is never to do it yourself without seeing a specialist first. Because calluses are generally symptoms of other problems, it is important to have a podiatrist examine your feet to work out what could be causing the pressure.
Over-the-counter remedies, such as corn paint or plasters, generally only treat the symptoms, not the underlying problem. They can also easily damage the healthy skin surrounding the corn if not used properly. Commercial preparations should only be used following professional advice. In people with poor circulation or with medical conditions such as diabetes, the use of medicated corn plasters can be very dangerous.
Our Podiatrists at Sydney Podiatry Co will gently remove calluses and corns to have you feeling much better in no time. We may also: