Corns and calluses are made up of the same material, which is a thick build- up of dead skin tissue. Similarly, they both develop on areas of the foot that are exposed to pressure, but here is where the similarities end.
Calluses usually form at the ridge of the sole, heel, or on the ball of the foot. The skin toughens and hardens because of friction like pressure that may be sustained from a twisting type movement. This is the body’s defense to protect the foot from injury. Sometimes the skin becomes thick and tough enough so that it may feel somewhat numb. Relaxing foot soaks and a gentle scrubbing with a pumice stone will help to reduce and eliminate calluses. This may take several times, but you will soon have your feet soft and smooth.
A corn develops as a result of more direct pressure, like from a shoe that is too narrow and pinches on the small toe. This may allow a tiny area of pressure to begin to cause a build-up of deadened skin. A corn is extremely hard and can sometimes puncture into the skin on which it lies. This can cause an infection and needs to be treated. Corns can be intensely painful, but there are over-the-counter remedies that can help to resolve them. First, examine your shoes. Are they roomy enough in the toe area and wide enough to accommodate your foot? Since they are a result of direct pressure, the shoes are a probable cause. A quick trip to the pharmacy and you will find a vast array of pads and medicated pads that will help relieve the pressure and rid you of the corn. The medicated pads can be somewhat irritating because of the acid that can burn normal skin tissue. You may prefer to visit Dr. Vargas who can remove the corn quickly and safely. If you are a person with diabetes, you should not attempt treatment at home, but consult Dr. Vargas.
Don’t let calluses or corns become a stumbling block for you. Call Dr. Vargas at (281) 313-0090 or (281) 342-8700 to set up an appointment. He can make quick work of this annoying ailment. You can get in and get treated and then make it to a home game of the Skeeters to cheer them on! Dr. Vargas is a proud sponsor of the Sugar Land Skeeters! So if you get a chance, head on out to Constellation Field and cheer our men home.