If you develop dry skin or a corn on your foot, it likely won’t hurt right away. Even so, most people with calluses on the feet feel embarrassed about them and you might too. These might not seem like the type of issues you should bring up at the doctor’s office, but you absolutely should. Over time, these foot problems could cause discomfort and become painful.
These are round, hardened patches of flesh the body forms to prevent the skin from blistering. Over time, corns can grow into much bigger problems. These are some of the most common causes of corns:
Most people use the terms corn and callus interchangeably, but there are a few key differences. Corns are a form of callus. Whereas corns specifically form as round surfaces, calluses are rough patches of dry skin that can span more space and can have no clear shape. Corns are sometimes whitish in color, but most other calluses look yellowish.
Before beginning treatment, the foot doctors at Greenville Foot & Ankle will examine the skin to determine what the issue is. Note that cysts and warts can present with similar symptoms. If we believe underlying abnormalities are to blame, we might even recommend an X-ray to further investigate the potential cause.
Once your doctor confirms you have corns or other calluses, these are the potential treatment options:
Your doctor might also prescribe proactive measures to avoid getting any more calluses on feet. These might include moisturizing your feet, wearing socks, treating diabetes and using shoe pads. Schedule an appointment to see how we can help you find relief.