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How to deal with foot corns and calluses?

Podiatrists frequently get asked about this, both in clinical situations as well as in social situations. They don't have roots. When a podiatrist removes a corn, they actually do usually keep coming back, although not as they possess roots. Corns and calluses come back as the cause of the corn or callus is still there. A corn is an region of skin, frequently on a toe which becomes thicker and uncomfortable. The reason for that thickened section of skin is too much force. It is very normal for skin to get thicker to protect itself. Give consideration to what occurs when you chop loads of wood and get a callus on the hands. That is the natural protecting process of the skin thickening up to take care of itself. When you stop chopping timber, the calluses go away as the force that caused them has gone away.

It's the equivalent process with a corn or callus on the feet. The skin thickens up in reaction to increased force. You will find a variety of reasons for this increased stress. There could be a bunion or claw toes or a dropped metatarsal bone or even the shoes are too restricted. On account of the higher force the epidermis begins to thicken up much like the calluses to the hands when you chop timber. However, as opposed to chopping timber the stress on the foot from the shoes or foot deformity does not stop and as that increased force remains the skin continues to get thicker. A callus is actually a more diffuse region of thickened skin and a corn is a smaller but much more discrete and much deeper area of thickened skin. Gradually it gets so thick it becomes painful. An experienced podiatrist will be able to remove that painful callus or corn without much difficulty and frequently it will no longer end up being painful. However, if the cause for that greater pressure isn't taken away, then the callus or corn will return. That's where the myth they may have roots originated from. They aren't similar to organic plants which have roots that they grow from. The foot doctor did not forget to eliminate the roots. Corns and calluses keep coming back since the cause continues.

In order to once and for all get rid of a corn on the foot, then the reason must be removed. As soon as the corn has been debrided, then that can provide instantaneous pain alleviation. A great podiatrist will then investigate further and determine what happens to be resulting in the corn and what can be done to eliminate that cause. It may be as easy as offering footwear assistance and using different or much better fitted footwear. In addition, it might be as sophisticated as needing surgery to, for example, fix a bunion which may have been creating the increased pressure. At times if there is a callus on the underside of the feet, foot supports are often used to decrease the stress in those locations. The main thing to understand is that foot corns do not possess roots and they have a cause. If you wish to stop them coming back again then you need to eliminate that cause.