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5 Tips for Preventing Corns and Calluses

It’s easy to assume that corns and calluses are just a cosmetic issue. But these common foot problems can cause intense pain, make it difficult to walk, and even cause infections or skin ulcers. 

While corns and calluses have a lot in common, they describe two different foot issues. Both are areas of thickened skin on your feet that form in response to friction or pressure. But, in most cases, a callus is larger than a corn, with a less-defined edge, and it appears pale or yellowish in color. Calluses often appear on the bottoms of your feet. Corns are a type of callus, but they are typically small and round with a clearly defined center. You usually find corns on smooth, hairless areas, like the tops or sides of your toes.

At Precision Footcare, Dr. John Jurcisin specializes in treating issues affecting the soft tissues of your feet, like corns and calluses. He recommends the following five steps to avoid these common foot problems.

1. Practice good foot care

When it comes to preventing corns and calluses, it’s essential to keep your toenails trimmed short and straight across, not tapered on the sides. When you let your nails grow too long, they can force your feet into abnormal positions, increasing the friction that causes corns and calluses to form.

2. Wear the right shoes

Each time you squeeze your feet into tight shoes that pinch your toes, you’re looking for trouble. Instead, pick styles that give your feet plenty of room to move. Next time you put on your favorite pair of shoes, check to see if you can wiggle your toes. If you can’t, it means they’re too tight.

3. Don’t forget your socks

Socks may not seem important, but they’re crucial to protecting your feet from corns and calluses. When you wear thick and breathable socks, you protect your feet from areas that can easily rub against your shoes, like the tops of your toes. Plus, when you spend a lot of time barefoot, the skin on the bottom of your feet naturally thickens to protect itself.

4. Protect areas that rub

If you notice that certain areas of your feet rub against your shoes, protect them with non-medicated corn pads, lamb’s wool, or bandages. You can use these protective coverings on the surface or in between your toes and on the bottoms of your feet.

5. Don’t ignore other foot problems

Believe it or not, having other foot problems, like bunions, hammertoes, and bone spurs, can actually increase your chances of having corns and calluses. When you have a bunion, you develop an abnormal bump on the joint of your big toe at the base. Hammertoes occur when your toe curls into a claw-like position. Both of these abnormalities can increase friction on your feet, which can lead to calluses and corns.

For more tips on avoiding corns and calluses, contact us in Midtown East, New York, by calling 212-750-8344 or by booking online today.

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