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Corns & Calluses Specialist

Arcadia Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Scottsdale, AZ, Mesa, AZ & Sun City, AZ

Corns and calluses are similar, and the terms are often used interchangeably. However, there are differences between these hard lumps of skin. The podiatrists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle, with two offices in Scottsdale, and other locations in Mesa and Sun City, Arizona, offer personalized treatments to reduce corns and calluses and keep the skin on your feet smooth and healthy. If your corns or calluses are painful and you need expert care, call Arcadia Foot and Ankle or schedule a consultation online today.

Corns & Calluses Q & A

What are corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses are both hard and sometimes painful lumps of skin that develop on your feet. However, there are some key differences. 

Corns

Corns are small, circular lumps of skin. They typically have a defined center that is a different texture than the rest of the corn. Corns usually develop on the tops or sides of your toes.

Calluses

A callus is a lump of hard, tough skin that develops with friction or pressure. They’re usually pale yellow and feel lumpy or rough. They’re typically bigger than corns and don’t always have defined edges. 

You’re most likely to develop calluses on the bottom of your toes or feet, especially on pressure points. 

What causes corns and calluses?

Both corns and calluses are caused by pressure and friction on the skin of your feet. Some of the prevalent risk factors include:

  • Anything that increases pressure on your skin
  • Poorly fitting shoes, both too tight and too loose
  • Seams on the inside of shoes
  • Poorly fitting socks
  • Not wearing socks
  • Walking barefoot
  • Repetitive motions

Your risk of developing corns and calluses also increases with age. Your skin loses elasticity and padding, which makes it more vulnerable to pressure and friction. 

When should I talk to a podiatrist about corns and calluses?

Calluses and corns are common, and if you don’t have pain or other problems, you don’t necessarily need expert treatment. However, if your corns or calluses are painful, you should make an appointment at Arcadia Foot and Ankle. 

Foot pain from corns can affect your gait and lead to pain in your ankles, knees, hips, and back. Also, you shouldn’t try to remove corns or calluses on your own. If you try to trim or remove a lump of hard skin, you could hurt yourself and increase your risk of infection. 

How are corns and calluses treated?

If you have painful corns or calluses, the team at Arcadia Foot and Ankle can use medical-grade treatments such as salicylic acid to dissolve the hardened skin safely. 

The team can also teach you how to care for your feet at home and keep your skin soft and supple. They might recommend using a pumice stone on hard skin and daily use of foot cream to keep your skin smooth. 

If you’re concerned about corns or calluses, call Arcadia Foot and Ankle or make an appointment online today.