by Laura Johnson, Core Podiatry
Spring is truly upon us and we are starting to enjoy getting out and about more. Calluses and corns on feet can be painful conditions that can prevent us from enjoying our beloved Yorkshire. But what causes them and how can we try to prevent them and if needed, treat them?
Calluses are areas of thickened skin that are tougher than normal skin and yellow in colour. Corns are generally smaller areas of circular, thick, hard skin. Neither calluses or corns have ‘roots’ as many people believe. They develop in response to pressure, usually from footwear, over a prominent area of the foot such as a clawing toe or in relation to the way your foot moves when you are involved in an activity such as walking or running. They can develop anywhere that there is pressure on the foot. Common areas are the tops and ends of toes, between the toes, over bunions and the soles of
There are a number of things you can do to try to prevent calluses and corns. Wearing footwear that fits your feet is probably the most important. They are caused by pressure, so preventing the pressure from poorly fitting footwear should prevent the development of calluses and corns. Keeping your skin in good condition by washing and drying thoroughly and applying a moisturiser is also important, being careful to dry between the toes and avoid applying cream there.
Leaving calluses and corns untreated can lead to more discomfort and pain. A Podiatrist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) can remove the callus and corn without discomfort and can advise on footwear and ways to avoid pressure in those areas to try to prevent recurrence in future.
More information about how to contact Laura at The Clinic, Malton can be found here…