Callus and corn

cor-ANGThe callus is a thickening of the skin which is generally diffuse and variable size. It can be found under the heel or under the forefoot.
The horn is a callus (hardening of the skin) that affects the painful foot. It corresponds to a thickening of the most superficial layer of the skin composed of dead, flat cells of the skin (the stratum corneum). It can be found between the toes, on the joints of the toes especially type “hammer” or on the sole of the foot. Corns are formed by a pressure point against the skin. This forms a mass of tissue, the center of which is the pressure point, which grows gradually.
Whether corns or calluses, these conditions are often caused by shoes, boots or ill-fitting sandals. In many cases, too much pressure shoes or a biomechanical imbalance of the foot causes friction or greater weight repeated on a particular part of the foot leading to the formation of the corn or callus. In some cases, dry skin can be a common factor that causes the corn or callus.
Don’ts :

  • Do absolutely not remove yourself corns or calluses with scissors or nail clippers, as this may cause significant skin irritation or infection.
  • Some use a pumice stone, which can cause irritation of the skin. Pumice can not be used once or twice per week and only on the heel. On other parts of the foot, severe irritation may occur.
  • The commercial chemicals counter used for the relief of corns are best avoided in diabetics and in people with peripheral vascular disease. A moisturizer is recommended. A podiatrist can also suggest pads in order to reduce pain.

Podiatry to the rescue:
Consult your podiatrist who is a specialist in foot and gait. It consists of podiatric medicine and using sterile instruments, he can treat / cure corns and calluses. When you visit a podiatrist, you are assured that it is also entitled to make informed recommendations to you wearing your shoes, boots or sandals. In some cases, the podiatrist may use or prescribe medication (creams, ointments) to set your affections or evaluate the biomechanical function of the lower limbs and feet to determine the cause.

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