Corns And Calluses

Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center -  - Pain Management Physician

Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center

Pain Management Physicians & Chiropractors located in Union Square, New York, NY & Financial District, New York, NY

Corns And Calluses Specialist
Corns and calluses may be small in size, but can cause substantial pain. At Irving Place Surgical & Wellness Center, with three convenient New York Locations in Wall Street, Union Square and Brooklyn Heights, top-rated Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon Dr. Frank Collabella offers expert treatment and prevention for corns and calluses.

Corns and Calluses Q & A

What is a callus?

A callus is a thickening of the skin that typically develops on the underside on the foot (particularly at the heel or ball of the foot), and is caused by prolonged rubbing against the inside of shoes. They can also be caused by walking or foot abnormalities that place improper stress on various parts of the foot.

What is a corn?

Similar to a callus, a corn is a thickening of the skin caused by friction and pressure from shoes, or abnormal walking patterns. However, corns are generally smaller and usually develop on non-weight bearing parts of the foot, such on the toes or between them. Calluses also have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin.

When does a corn or callus require medical treatment?

If self-care remedies, such as soaking your foot and switching shoes, are not effective, medical attention should be sought. However, anyone who is diabetic should not attempt self-treatment and should seek immediate medical care. When not treated properly, even a minor foot issue can lead to an infected open sore (ulcer) in those who suffer from diabetes.

How does Dr. Colabella treat corns and calluses?

Specific treatment will depend on the location, size and severity of pain being caused by the corn or callus. Among the available treatment options are:

  • Trimming excess skin with a scalpel. Patients should not try this at home themselves.
  • Antibiotic topical medication may be applied, if there is an infection or skin patch that’s retaining salicylic acid.
  • Custom orthotics, which are molded to the shape a patient’s foot and worn inside shoes, may be prescribed relieve pain and prevent new corns or calluses from forming.
  • Surgery, is only rarely necessary. It is recommended when an underlying foot or toe abnormality causes recurring problems that first-line treatment has not effectively remedied.
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