Linh Nguyen, DPM
3334 Paper Mill Rd
Phoenix, MD 21131
(410) 666-FOOT (3668)
F: (410) 666-3669

Corn and Callus Treatment in Phoenix, MD

Corns and calluses form on the feet when prolonged friction or pressure leads to the hardening of the skin, serving as a protective mechanism. Friction occurs when a specific area of the foot is repeatedly rubbed against something, while uneven pressure arises when the body weight isn’t evenly distributed. Both factors are commonly attributed to improper shoe selection.

Formation of Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses share similar characteristics in their formation: the skin on the foot thickens and becomes rough to the touch. Over time, this thickened skin becomes dead tissue, with the underlying layer becoming irritated. This irritation manifests as pain when pressure is applied to the affected area. However, corns typically develop on the toes, whereas calluses tend to form on the underside of the foot.

Contributing Factors to Corns and Calluses

Although various factors can contribute to these conditions, poor shoe choices are often identified as the primary culprit. Examples of ill-fitting footwear include:

  • Shoes that are too tight or constrictive, particularly around the toes.
  • High-heeled shoes that distribute weight unevenly across the foot.
  • Loose-fitting shoes that fail to provide adequate support.
  • Footwear lacking proper arch support.

Additionally, underlying foot deformities such as hammertoe can increase the risk of corns and calluses.

Diagnosis and Management

Upon physical examination, a podiatrist can diagnose corns and calluses. Simple adjustments to footwear and increased awareness of how shoe selection impacts foot health can often resolve and prevent mild cases. Home remedies recommended by a podiatrist may include:

  • Padding: Using small pads to cushion and protect the affected area from friction.
  • Massage: Gently rubbing corns and calluses with a pumice stone or callus file after a shower to remove thickened skin.
  • For larger corns and calluses, surgical reduction may be necessary. This involves carefully shaving away thickened or dead skin using a blade, typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Cortisone injections may also be administered to alleviate pain associated with corns or calluses.

Seeking professional guidance ensures appropriate diagnosis and tailored treatment plans for effective management of corns and calluses.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm 7:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am 5:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Office Location

Family Foot and Ankle Care

3334 Paper Mill Road
Phoenix, MD 21131-1419
O: 410-666- FOOT (3668)
F: 410-666-3669