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A Cornucopia of Corns

Having tough skin is often looked at as a good thing in society. Usually it means that you are not overly bothered by things that other people would be bothered by. In podiatry, having tough skin is attributed to corns and calluses. These corns and calluses can become problematic and cause patients pain and suffering over time. Corns and calluses can get tender. When pressed on, they can emit pain.  Podiatrists such as Alan J. Discont, DPM and Dr. Krahn help patients deal with their corns and calluses every day.

Corns and calluses are both from an accumulation of dead dry skin. This skin is usually created by a large amount of pressure in one area. This pressure begins to toughen up so that it can protect the body and the foot. This buildup of tough skin directly creates a corn and or callus. The more weight and stress that the afflicted area is dealt, the thicker the corn or callus becomes. This is helpful initially as a protective method, but eventually it can become a problem.

While corns are typically found on the toes, calluses are usually found on the bottom of the foot. Both corns and calluses are the same type of lesion. Keep in mind that warts are very different from corns and calluses. Warts are caused by a virus while corns and calluses are caused by the buildup of dead skin.

Treatment for corns and calluses is usually overseen by a podiatrist. A podiatrist can opt to cut down the corn or callus and then wrap them up with a protective covering for temporary relief. True relief will come from the relief of pressure on the foot. In most cases this means a new pair of shoes that fit correctly. Orthotics and sometimes surgery are needed in more severe cases.

If you have a corn or callus that is tender and causing you pain, then it is time to call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Dr. Krahn and Dr. Discont will help you get corn and callus free. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your foot health is important to us.