If your feet are feeling very hard and the skin around the feet is becoming very scaly and cracked, then you might have corns or calluses on your feet. Here is everything you need to know about them before going to podiatry clinics.

Corns On Feet

How Are They Caused?

You might think corns and calluses are the same things but they are not. Corns are engorged and hardened bumps on your feet and they usually form on either your toe fingers or near your heel. When you try to walk, the corn is pressed and it hurts a lot. Corns can occur anywhere but they are mostly found on the parts of your feet where you usually don’t put a lot of weight. A corn can be easily identified by a small bump with a white head on top. When you press it, it can cause some pain.

Symptoms And Causes Of Corns

The main cause of corns on feet is wearing too-tight shoes and putting too much weight on the foot where there shouldn’t be too much weight. They can also be hereditary and if you have a family history of corns on feet, then you are also likely to get them. As far as symptoms are concerned, here are some very common symptoms of corns on feet.

Formation of small and circular bumps on the feet, especially around the toes and under the feel of your foot.

These bumps might or might not be the same color as your skin and they are quite painful.

Treatment For Corns

The treatment of corns can be mostly done at home. You can do these things to ensure that the corns disappear.

  • Soak your feet in warm water to make the skin soft. Once you have been soaking your feet for a good 15 to 20 minutes, then you can use a pumice stone and scrub off the dead skin around the corn and you can also run the stone over the corn too. It will pop and deflate in no time.
  • See a doctor if you are diabetic because you will have complications when popping the corn.

Feet Calluses

Causes Of Calluses

Calluses are round patches of hardened and discolored skin that can form on the back of your feet and hands. You can develop calluses by working with your hands too much and not exfoliating them or moisturizing them. Calluses are very hard and it is usually accumulated dead skin which has not been removed. This can make the hands extremely rough and it feels very unpleasant. Calluses also occur after a certain age and you need to make exfoliation a daily habit in order to get rid of this hardened skin.

Symptoms Of Calluses

Calluses can be identified by the following things:

  • Your skin will have discolored and round hard patches. It can be either on your hands or feet.
  • The patches can also be cracked so you need to moisturize them often.

The main difference between corns and calluses is that calluses are not painful at all. They only have a rough surface and if you rub your hands together you can feel the roughness on your skin. As far as corns are concerned, they are more painful than they are rough. If you press on a corn, it will hurt even to move your foot.

How To Treat Calluses?

Here are some very effective treatments for calluses:

  • Make moisturization a habit. Try to have a bottle of moisturizer or oil handy with you wherever you go and keep applying it periodically throughout the day. This will soften your skin and you will see the calluses being buffed off once the skin is soft enough.
  • You can soak your hands and feet in warm water with a drop or two of oil in it. This will instantly soften your skin, so you can use a pumice stone over the cracked skin to buff it off.

There you have it! Corns and calluses are very common and they can be easily treated if you are vigilant with the treatment. You can very quickly reverse the effects of corns and calluses by visiting a podiatrist Woodbridge.