Posts for tag: Corns
Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
Find out if your foot problems warrant a trip to our Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens podiatrists.
Are you finding that foot pain, stiffness or other issues are becoming commonplace? Is something just not feeling right but you can’t quite put your finger on it? Then it might be time you turned to our very own Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Kristen Patterson and Dr. Ryan Murphy for the foot care you’ve been looking for.
Foot Swelling or Numbness
While feet can swell or even feel numb every once in a while if you notice regular swelling and numbness this isn’t something you should just put up with. There are so many underlying causes that could be responsible, from tendonitis to an infection. If you also experience tingling with numbness this could be a sign of nerve damage.
While many people may have bunions and never have to deal with pain, if you are experiencing chronic or severe pain it might be time to see your podiatrist. We have many ways to manage your symptoms to reduce your pain, from conservative treatment options to surgery if needed.
Thick calluses and corns
While in normal instances these issues aren’t usually serious, if they are extremely thick then it could be warning you of another foot issue. Issues such as bunions and hammertoes can be to blame for these seriously thick calluses and corns and it may just warrant a trip to see our foot specialists.
If you find that your feet are in pain whenever you go about your day-to-day activities then this could be a sign of a serious injury like a fracture that just hasn’t healed as it should. If you don’t seek treatment for this injury the problem will usually only get worse with time.
While most people feel that they can handle an ingrown toenail on their own it is always a good idea to seek proper medical attention to help treat the condition properly without damaging the nail.
Contact your Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens podiatrists
Even if you aren’t experiencing the symptoms above, if something doesn’t feel right then it’s better to play it safe rather than sorry and call Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens today to schedule your next appointment.