Corns & Callouses Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Zionsville, IN

Most men and women take several thousand steps each day, and all that pressure and friction on your feet can lead to calluses and corns. Before living another day with callus or corn discomfort, schedule an evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. Book your appointment at any of the five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area by clicking on the online scheduling feature. You can also call your closest office to schedule.

Corns & Callouses Q & A

What are calluses and corns?

Calluses and corns are different, although they’re often linked together because they’re caused by the same issues: friction and pressure. They form as your skin tries to create a barrier of thickened skin to protect itself. Calluses are thickened patches of rough skin that develop on weight-bearing areas, like on the balls or heels of your feet.

Corns, which are typically smaller in size, tend to have a hard center, surrounded by irritated skin tissue. Usually, you develop corns on areas that don’t bear weight, such as across the tops of your toes, between your toes, or the sides of your toes.

Why do I have calluses and corns?

Both calluses and corns stem from excess pressure and friction due to repetitive motions. You can develop calluses and corns if you:

  • Avoid wearing socks
  • Wear snug-fitting shoes
  • Walk or run regularly, or stand on your feet all day
  • Have bunions, hammertoes, or other foot deformities

While calluses don’t generally cause discomfort — they’re just known for being unsightly — corns can certainly become painful. Either way, you have treatment options available.

How are calluses and corns treated?

The team of top podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle offer plenty of treatment options for calluses and corns, so you can get smoother feet as quickly as possible. You may benefit from:

  • Applying prescription-strength callus-removing medication
  • Paring down or trimming away thickened skin
  • Wearing custom orthotics to minimize friction and pressure

It’s important to leave it to a podiatrist to trim or cut away calluses or corns. Why? You risk developing an infection if you remove too much skin and it begins to bleed. Your circulatory system is already at a disadvantage when it comes to your lower body due to gravity, and the decreased blood flow to a foot wound can open the door to an infection.

While less common, if you have severe issues with calluses and corns due to a foot deformity, like bunions or hammertoes, you might need surgery to correct the issue. Your podiatrist at Hoosier Foot & Ankle aims to find the most effective solution for your specific needs.

Schedule your callus and corn treatment visit at Hoosier Foot & Ankle today. Book either online or over the phone.

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