Corns and Calluses can occur on the toes, in between the toes and on the bottom of the foot. At Advanced Podiatry, we treat these conditions by identifying and correcting the cause of the corn or callus. The cause is usually a bone problem that leads to friction and build up of hard skin.
Hi. This is Dr. Marc Katz in Tampa at Advanced Podiatry, and our educational series continues. Today, we’re going to discuss corns and calluses. So corns and calluses are basically skin conditions. They occur at places of irritation. You may know that if you’re doing some gardening or something like that, or you’ve used your hands a lot and you’re playing guitar or some instrument. What happens is that you start to build up large areas of skin or callus. The reason that happens is because there’s irritation. The way skin protects itself is by building up harder skin to protect the thinner skin, and that is what a corn or callus is. That is body’s mechanism of trying to keep the skin from breaking down.
Now in the foot, that occurs over bumps that occur on the foot. That could be the bumps on the top of the toes. It could be the bumps on the sides of the feet. Those are hammer toes and bunions. They can be between the toes where you have enlargements of bone, but all of these conditions are caused by irritation and usually enlargements of bone. So many people go out and they but these acid products in the store, and they put them on and it takes the layers off or they scrub them off and put creams on. Those are okay if you’re very careful, especially the acid products. You’ve got to be very, very careful with those. They can cause really bad skin ulcers and we’ve seen that often.
So what you really need to do is address the underlying problem and that is the bump on your foot, the enlargement of the bone. That can only be done by seeing a podiatrist. While you can protect the areas by using pads and proper shoes, then that’s fine. Maybe they will go away or maybe they won’t improve. But if they’re not improving, see a podiatrist.
If you’re in Tampa, you can reach us at 813-875-0555 or thetampapodiatrist.com. Thanks and have a great day