Some people want to show off their pedicures or fashionable footwear while others are simply interested in sharing a particularly beautiful view from a different perspective. Regardless of your reason, don’t let corns and calluses ruin your social media fun. These thickened areas of skin are not only unattractive, but can be quite painful if left untreated. Healthy Steps reveals some tips about how to prevent corns and calluses, so you can tweet your naked feet without shame!

It is important to note that you do not need foot surgery (otherwise known as Cinderella surgeries) to treat common corns and calluses. Here at Healthy Steps, we are hesitant to put our patients through serious medical procedures for purely cosmetic reasons. Admittedly, sometimes surgery may be the only option- but if you are simply wanting to wear a pair of Jimmy Choo’s – then surgery is probably not for you.

What are corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses share the same pathology. Hyperkeratosis, or hardened areas of skin, is caused by pressure. Given the fact that the average person will have walked around the Earth three times in his or her lifetime, it is no wonder that corns and calluses are so common. A callus is thick, flat and spread out; however, a corn tends to be more local, cone-shaped, and most likely surrounded by inflammation. Typically, a corn will be located on a toe and a callus on the ball of the foot.

What causes corns and calluses?

Interestingly enough, both corns and calluses develop to protect the body from further harm. The skin hardens on that particular area because it is constantly being irritated. This can happen as a result of friction from the following:

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• ill-fitting shoes (especially high heels!)
• not wearing socks
• repetitive movements
• labour-intense occupations
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• an abnormal gait
• foot deformities

How to care for your Feet.

Your podiatrist will be able to remove the excess dead skin from both corns and calluses, otherwise known as hygienic trimming. There are padding options available which can help relieve the pressure on a corn and removal liquids and bandages containing salicylic acid. Generally, changing shoes or using orthotics will relieve the pressure and prevent the corns or calluses to reappear.

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If your corns and calluses are causing you pain or if they are simply stopping you from baring your sole on social media, Healthy Steps can help! Contact us today.