Calluses and Corns are skin build-ups which generally form on the bottoms of the feet and top of toes, respectively.
- 65 out of 1,000 people have calluses or corns
- 37 out of 1,000 males have calluses or corns
- 91 out of 1,000 females have calluses or corns
Causes of Calluses/Corns
- Improperly fitted footwear that leads to friction and pressure
- Biomechanical imbalances in the foot that cause the toes to contract, “claw” or “hammer” inside shoes
- Genetically transmitted disorders
What can a patient do?
- Purchase foot wear with sufficient support and enough room for the toes
- Use over-the-counter creams, do not use acid preparations
What can a podiatrist do for you?
- Order scans such as X-rays, CTs, and MRIs are performed if necessary
- Provide proper padding for the affected areas
- Create custom ortheses or suggest over-the-counter arch support
- If deemed medically necessary, perform surgery