Corns, Calluses and Enjoying the Sunshine

Spring in Arizona is fast approaching. With the end of the desert winter comes the beginning of baseball season, hiking, and enjoying the poolside. This means getting back into our shorts and sandals and out to enjoy the weather. It would be unfortunate if corns or calluses on your feet developed over the winter months prevented your from enjoying your time in the sun.

A callus is a thickened layer of skin typically caused by friction or rubbing from ill-fitting footwear. A corn is a term used to describe a callus that is located on the top of the foot. They are commonly found on the joints of toes and can be associated with hammertoes and bunions. Corns and calluses may cause some discomfort. Here are some ways that may help alleviate the pain from home and at the clinic:

  • Consider a new pair of shoes. Friction caused by improper footwear can cause corns and calluses. New shoes that fit properly can aid in reducing this problem.

  • If you’re not ready to give up your favorite pair of shoes, try softer socks or padding that act as a barrier between your foot and shoe to prevent further callusing.

  • Moisturizing creams may be used to help soften the callus. This will help prevent the callus from drying out and cracking.

  • A pumice stone is a common home remedy to reduce thickened skin; however, infection can occur and it is important to use caution with this home remedy.

  • If the problem is a structural issue in your foot, utilizing custom fitted inserts or orthotics may resolve the issue.

  • Depending on the severity, your podiatrist may recommend surgical treatment to remove the corn or callus.

Spring is a great time in Arizona, whether it is baseball, hiking or enjoying the poolside. Corns and calluses can make everyday activities uncomfortable. If you notice any changes in your foot health please consider making an appointment with Dr. Gary N. Friedlander or Dr. Jay C. Larson at Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists in Glendale, Arizona.  

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