Corns & Callus Removal
A corn is a thick, hardened layer of skin that develops as a result of friction or excessive pressure on a small area of skin on your foot or toe. Corns are common on the “knuckles” of toes and the outside of the little toe. Corns between toes also develop. The thing common to corns is that they develop as the result of excessive pressure.
A callus is a larger area of thickened, yellowish skin.
Both corns and calluses can be unsightly and/or painful and they might cause you to feel embarrassed about your feet when you wear sandals or go barefoot. They can become very uncomfortable, which is why it is important to keep track of your symptoms and be evaluated by our podiatrist in Queens.
Symptoms of a Callus
Calluses are usually larger than corns, and somewhat flatter. As the skin thickens –a normal skin response to excess pressure– the upper skin layers move further and further away from the moisturizing layers in the deeper skin areas. As the upper skin layers do this they dry and dry skin typically looks white and flaky. You may not feel light touches where the callus is because there is so much thickened, dead skin. As more layers of dead skin build up the skin begins to look yellowish. As the skin continues to thicken and dry it shrinks and loses flexibility which is what just about anything does when it dries: it shrinks and gets more brittle. When this dry, shrunken, brittle skin is then subjected to the pressures and stresses of walking it can crack open. This break in the skin can be painful just by itself but if this now open skin gets infected it can become a serious problem especially to anyone with impaired circulation or sensation such as with diabetes.
New Life For Your Hurting Feet
Corns and calluses are fairly common for people who spend large periods of time walking or standing such as sales people, hairdressers,